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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 004-06
Wednesday, January 18, 2006

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Sandra Mullin (smullin@health.nyc.gov)
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HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES NEW RESTAURANT INSPECTION WEBSITE

Access to Restaurant Inspection Information Easier than Ever

NEW YORK CITY – January 18, 2006 – Selecting the right place to dine out is now even easier with the City's new restaurant inspection website, unveiled today by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). New features of the website include a searchable database of restaurant inspection information, easy navigation, and a glossary of terms. New Yorkers can visit the website at http://www.nyc.gov/health/restaurants.

The website provides information on the latest inspection of each of New York City 's more than 20,000 restaurants. New Yorkers can conduct specific searches by restaurant name or zip code. Information can also be sorted alphabetically and by borough, neighborhood, inspection score, and by those that have received a Golden Apple Award from the DOHMH, a sign of excellence in food safety. DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden made the announcement today at Azafrán, a restaurant in lower Manhattan . He was joined by E. Charles Hunt of the New York State Restaurant Association and Dan Lerner and Noam Peri, the owners of Azafrán.

Dr. Frieden said, “ New York City has the best restaurants in the world. Many of our restaurants are remarkably safe, including an increasing number of Golden Apple awardees. With a new and improved restaurant inspection website, New Yorkers can be better informed about the places where they eat.”

" New York City restaurant goers will be delighted with this new resource,” said Tim Zagat, co-founder of Zagat Survey. “The site is easy to use and a great way to make sure the dining public is well-informed about the safety of the restaurants they visit. In a city of great restaurants, a handy guide for restaurant food safety is essential.”

“Public health is the number one priority of restaurateurs,” said E. Charles Hunt, Executive Vice President of the Greater New York City Chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association. “We encourage New York City 's restaurants, which are the finest in the world, to also be the best in food safety, which we think they are.”

“We are excited to be a part of this unveiling,” said Dan Lerner, owner of Azafrán. “At Azafrán, diners will always enjoy a safe eating environment, delicious Spanish cuisine, and a fabulous atmosphere.”

DOHMH aims to inspect each New York City restaurant once annually. New York City has some of the toughest food safety guidelines in the world. During inspections, Sanitarians evaluate food workers' practices, including the manner in which they receive and store foods, how they process foods, and the temperatures at which they cook, cool, hold, and reheat food.

Information Builders, NYC-based leader in enterprise business intelligence, is helping DOHMH manage its restaurant health inspection information with WebFOCUS technology. A state-of-the-art online reporting system will provide the citizens of NYC immediate access to any restaurant's health inspection information via the Internet.

"The NYC Department of Health is a fine example of how leading government agencies are using business intelligence technology to dramatically improve the efficiency of the services they provide," said Gerald Cohen, CEO of Information Builders. "Information Builders is very proud to be the technology behind such a useful application."

Information on Golden Apple

The Golden Apple award serves as a mark of superior food safety standards. The award consists of a 1-year certificate and decal that can be prominently displayed to the public. Golden Apple awardees appear first on the website with a Golden Apple emblem accompanying the restaurant's name.

For more information on Golden Apple, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/rii/index.shtml.

For more information about food safety and restaurant inspection, please visit nyc.gov/health or call 311.

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