Reforming the City's Restaurant Inspection System
The bill would make the Department of Health create a "code of conduct" pamphlet telling restaurant owners and operators what to expect during a health inspection. Health inspectors would have to work with restaurant owners rather than play "gotcha", Gentile said.
The inspection code of conduct pamphlet, based on existing standards, would ensure that owners know in advance what the inspector will be looking for, so they could get in compliance.
The bill would also set up an office in the Department of Health, with a hotline and a website, to field calls and other contacts from owners about everything inspection-related; to investigate inspection-related complaints; to provide guidance to restaurant operators; and to monitor inspection results and make recommendations to the Health Commissioner.
The Gentile bill would also create a 20-member advisory board under the Department of Health to give feedback on how well the inspection program is working. Board members would be chosen from among restaurant owners, industry representatives, food safety experts and nutritionists.
Posted by Kip at Sunday, October 13, 2013