New Yorkers tap online eatery inspections
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 19, 2000
Residents and visitors of New York City can now access all Department of
Health inspection results for restaurants in the city online.
The site for the Department of Health's Restaurant Inspection Recording
and Reporting System can be found at under the "What's New" section of the
city's main World Wide Web site.
"We were looking for ways to provide information at the community level
so people can make informed decisions," said Ed Carubis, assistant commissioner,
management information services, Department of Health.
Carubis suggested that visitors, workers or residents log on to check a
restaurant before dining. However, he offered some tips: "People should
really be worried about food temperature and handling violations over vermin
ones," he said, saying a vermin violation isn't necessarily a rat. "That's
a far greater health risk than a fly in the kitchen."
He also suggested that users click on the definition of violations so they
are absolutely clear. For example, the definition for a "vermin" violation
says: "Insect or small animal that is destructive, annoying, or harmful
to health. Includes cockroaches, flies, and rats."
Users can search for a particular restaurant or chose one of the city's
boroughs and then narrow down to the restaurants in a particular neighborhood.
For each restaurant, the site displays the date of the last inspection,
and if any violations were issued. A disclaimer on the site notes that violations
are allegations, and can be dismissed.
The site is powered by Information Builder's WebFocus system. Information
Builders, based in New York City, provides intelligence and enterprise integration
software for Web businesses.