Food Service Operators

Whether you work in a restaurant, soup kitchen or other food service establishment, the Health Department has important information about operating a clean, safe, healthy and legal business. Use the links provided on the left to find the guidance and information you need. To assist operators further, they may request a 3-year inspection history report for their food service establishment.

Cannabidiol (CBD) Prohibited in Food and Drink

In December 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that it is unlawful to add cannabidiol (CBD) to food or drink. As a result, the New York City Health Code also prohibits adding CBD to food or drink, including in packaged food products.

Beginning July 1, 2019, the Health Department began embargoing food and drink products that contain CBD — the products have to be returned to the supplier or discarded. Starting October 1, 2019, the Health Department will begin issuing violations subject to fines following a hearing at the OATH Health Tribunal. For restaurants and food carts and trucks, violation points will count towards an establishment’s letter grade.

For more information on CBD in food or drink, visit the FDA website.

We will provide updates on our enforcement of these products if the FDA updates its guidance or if there are changes in New York State law.

For more information, email infobfscs@health.nyc.gov or call 646-632-6001.

Restaurant Food Safety Workshops

The Health Department holds food safety workshops for operators throughout the five boroughs. At these workshops, you will:

  • Learn how to achieve and maintain an “A” grade
  • Receive an inspection history report that describes your restaurant’s repeat violations and how to correct them
  • Be able to ask questions and receive guidance from Health Department staff on improving your restaurant's food safety practices

At this time, there are no workshops scheduled. Please check back on this page for the Spring 2020 schedule.

Adulterated Foods

Food service operators in NYC cannot add substances to food that may be harmful to people's health. This is called adulterating food, and these substances are known as adulterants.

Business Owner's Bill of Rights

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