7 Things Your Favorite Restaurant Must do for an ‘A’ Rating


Staten Islanders have a wide variety of local restaurants to choose from – and that’s a big plus for food lovers! If you are not a food-service operator, however, you may not fully appreciate the work that goes into keeping restaurant fare safe from contamination, posits Victory State Bank, Staten Island only community-based commercial bank.

To illustrate what is demanded of food-service businesses, the bank is spotlighting the following practices required by the New York City Department of Health for restaurants to receive an A-grade food safety rating.

1) Be sure employees are trained in basic food safety and supervised by someone who has a food protection certificate.

§  Arrange work schedules so that a supervisor with a food protection certificate is on duty whenever your restaurant is receiving or preparing food, or is open to the public.

§  Train supervisors to use the Self-Inspection Worksheet to regularly evaluate and improve the restaurant’s condition and employees’ food safety practices.

§  Provide food safety training for all employees who handle food.

2) Hold food at the proper temperature.

§  Review Health Department rules for temperature holding requirements.

§  Be sure equipment used to hold hot and cold food is working properly.

§  Use thermometers to monitor the temperature of foods in hot or cold storage.

§  Track food taken from hot or cold storage, and record how long it is out.

3) Control conditions that promote pests.

§  Seal all cracks, crevices and holes in walls, cabinets and doors to prevent rodents, cockroaches and flies from entering.

§  Install rodent-proof door sweeps on outside doors.

§  Store food and garbage in pest-proof containers.

§  Clean grease, oil and food particles from all surfaces and equipment, including the floor underneath.

§  Keep range hoods clean and grease-free.

§  Contract with a pest control professional licensed to work in restaurants.

4) Protect food from contamination during storage, preparation, transportation and display.

§  Keep food covered until served.

§  Keep food separated by temperature and type.

§  Avoid cross-contamination by separating potentially hazardous foods (like raw poultry) from ready-to-eat items (like salad mix).

5) Maintain all food surfaces.

§  Clean and sanitize all food-preparation surfaces after each use; remove caked-on food.

§  Repair or replace deeply-grooved cutting boards and chipped or broken surfaces so they can be properly sanitized.

6) Maintain all non-food surfaces.

§  Review Health Department rules on acceptable materials; surfaces should be smooth and cleanable.

§  Keep all surfaces clean.

7) Maintain all plumbing and check it frequently.

§  Monitor all plumbing fixtures and make needed repairs immediately.

§  Be sure plumbing is fitted with approved devices (valves, anti-siphonage pieces, vacuum breakers) to prevent backflow.

§  Clean and maintain grease traps.



About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.


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