New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has submitted a bill requiring the State Department of Agriculture and Markets to post all food inspection violations, a move in part driven by a pattern of failed health inspections by Kosher baker Zomick's that was first reported by Patch.
“Posting the inspection results on a government website, such as the department’s or Open New York, would provide easier access to violation information to the public, especially for food purchased when the consumer doesn’t physically visit the establishment where it is produced or sold,” according to a memo explaining the bill, as reported by The Jewish Week. “This will be an invaluable resource for all consumers, as it will allow them to make better informed choices about what foods to buy.”
Currently, markets are required to post results of failed inspections at the physical location, such as Zomick’s plant in Inwood. This bill would mean the detail of the violation, date of inspection and the penalty would be posted online as well.
Inspection troubles at Zomick's was only one of the several chains Patch found routinely failed health inspections on Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens. They included the Uncle Giuseppe's chain, which had notable issues in Smithtown and Port Jefferson, as well as the Met Foods market in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens.