Eagerly awaiting restaurant placarding? Here are the next best things.

A little over a year ago we wrote about the challenges of developing a fair and reliable placarding system for restaurants (read it now!). You see, not all placarding systems work the same way. We did some research to find out what other jurisdictions do, and we identified some areas for improvement as we develop […]

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There’s a horse in my coffee shop – Is that okay?

“I saw a cat at my coffee shop.” “There’s a small horse in the grocery store.” “Do I have to let dogs into my bakery?” These are the types of questions and complaints we receive from concerned members of the public and business owners about animals inside restaurants and other places where food is bought […]

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Chipotle in South Lake Union closed for repeated food safety violations (UPDATED)

Update 12-11-15 4:58 p.m.: Westlake Chipotle approved for re-opening. This restaurant’s permit was suspended because hot food was not being kept above 130 degrees. Temperature control problems are fixed. UPDATE 12/10/15, 4:57 pm: Since the closures in November, our Food Safety Program has monitored all Chipotle restaurants closely, providing routine inspections. During this time nine Chipotle restaurants […]

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Cutting the (trans) fat: Health policy-making in action

Trans fats, typically found in partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), have been used in foods because of their unique ability to remain solid at relatively high temperatures. These properties keep food tasting fresher longer, but they also make it harder for our bodies to metabolize them, and that poses serious health risks. But, unlike other hazardous […]

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