With thousands of restaurants, delis and other eateries to visit across Nassau County, it's important to know which ones have failed recent health inspections and which ones routinely get a clean bill of health.
Patch has compiled the above interactive map using data downloaded from the state's Open Data Portal on Jan. 7. The info includes the most recent violations recorded, and the details of each violation, at restaurants across Nassau County.
The Nassau County Department of Health routinely inspects restaurants, filing its findings up to the state's Department of Health. Inspectors generally visit a restaurant once a year, but in the case where critical health issues are found, prompting a failed inspection, health officials return within six months.
There is no set number of critical issues, which can range from vermin to improper temperature maintenance in food, that trigger a failed inspection. Other violations related to operations and cleanliness labeled as "non-critical" do not cause the restaurant to fail, though diners might find them to be unsavory even though there is no health issue.
To use the map, zoom into your neighborhood and click on the dots to pull up inspection data for restaurants. Red dots indicate an eatery that has failed its most recent inspection.
We've also done targeted reporting around these violations in specific communities across the county. See the links below for more details.
In New York, the State Department of Health's Bureau of Community Environmental Health and Food Protection “works to protect the public health by assuring that food service establishments are operated in a manner that eliminates hazards through design and management, resulting in a decreased incidence of foodborne illness in our communities,” according to the agency’s website.
Across more than 90,000 food service establishments statewide, the bureau’s “Food Protection Program” guides county and city health officials who permit and inspect food service establishments, the agency said.
The bureau maintains Part 14 of the New York State Sanitary Code, including subpart 14-1 which regulates food service establishments. See this subsection for specifics on inspections.
Correction: This story originally reported that one critical health issue causes a failed health inspection. That is incorrect as there is not a set number of critical issues that trigger a failure. That decision falls in the hands of the Nassau County Department of Health. We apologize for the error.
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