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ALABAMA
ALABAMA'S FOOD-CODE CHANGES IN JANUARY
Among the changes: requirement for food-safety certified managers on duty and lower cold-holding temps. ...[full story]

ALABAMA TOWN CONSIDERS NEW FOG LAWS
Fort Payne, Ala., is concerned about population growth—and more restaurants—overwhelming its plumbing. ...[full story]

CONNECTICUT, ALABAMA CLEAN-AIR PROPOSALS HAVE FOES SMOKING

Who has jurisdiction inside Native American casinos, anyway? And other sticky questions. ...
[full story]

TEASPOONS OF GREASE ADD UP TO FOG ORDINANCE

Enterprise, Ala., does the math on one teaspoon of grease per month times 10,000 customers. ...[full story]

ALASKA
ALASKA FINALIZING DRAFT OF NEW FOOD CODE

Some wrinkles remain to be ironed out, but the state's new code could be up for final approval within the next month or so.... [full story]

COMMENT PERIOD NOW FOR ALASKA FOOD CODE CHANGE
Alaska's a little cold for bare-hand contact anyway, isn't it?....[full story]

ROPOSED ALASKA CODE BIG ON TRAINING
The nation’s largest state is updating its Food Code....full story

ARIZONA
ARIZONA PONDERS GUNS IN RESTAURANTS
Restaurant-goers in Arizona might start noticing bulging jackets soon. ...[full story]

COMPETING SMOKING BANS BATTLE ON ARIZONA BALLOT
Call it a Battle Of The Bans. Or, maybe a Shootout At The Not OK Corral. Or, no, wait....[full story]

COUNTY INSPECTION GRADES CLEARER THAN DANCING RULES
You can dance inside, but not outside. And you can't keep your inspection results off the county Web site....[full story]

FLAGSTAFF GETS JUMP ON STATE JUNK FOOD BAN
Arizona banned junk in the grade schools last year. Flagstaff just took the next step....[full story]

MARICOPA CALLS CRITICAL HEALTH CODE VIOLATIONS CRIMINAL
Famous for its sweltering "tent city" outdoor jail in the Phoenix Valley, Maricopa County, Ariz., is now prosecuting some critical health code violators on criminal charges....[full story]

SCOTTSDALE PONDERS DISPOSER BAN

Mix food waste, grease and bacteria, and simmer at desert temperatures until aromatic. ...[full story]

UPDATE: SCOTTSDALE NOT READY TO BAN DISPOSERS—YET
Public comment has ended but the city's decision won't come till fall. ...[full story]

TUCSON TESTS LOW-FLOW NOZZLES

The thing about the desert is it’s so darn ... dry.... full story

YAVAPAI COUNTY, ARIZ., TO REQUIRE MORE THAN LIP SERVICE
Proposed changes to the Yavapai County, Ariz., health code have had local operators buzzing lately.... full story

ARKANSAS
ARKANSAS GETS FIRST NEW FOOD CODE IN 30 YEARS

BIG inspection changes lie ahead for all you operators in Arkansas.... full story

CALIFORNIA
‘A’ EQUALS AWESOME FOR NAPA COUNTY RESTAURANTS

Dude, like, what grade did YOU get?... full story

ANAHEIM UTILITIES OFFERS REBATE ON THERMAL STORAGE

How about an HVAC system that makes ice during nighttime rates? ...[full story]

AND SAN JOSE BORROWS PAGE FROM L.A. IN OBESITY WAR

Fat neighborhoods are not phat in L.A. And now San Jose is considering a similar QSR ban for its entire city. ...[full story]

ANOTHER CALIFORNIA TOWN TACKLES EXPANDED POLY FOAM

The stuff lasts a zillion years. You just can't have it all over the place. ...[full story]

BAAQMD HEARINGS ON CHARBROILERS ARE BAAACK!

Once more, this time for final adoption. Going once, going twice. ...[full story]

BAY AREA BIG ON BANNING FOAM; MONTEREY THE LATEST

This movement against polystyrene foam take-out packaging keeps spreading. ...[full story]

BAY AREA CHARBROILERS CAN REGISTER ONLINE

As reported last year, new charbroiler standards kicked in Jan. 1. If you haven't already registered, better get on it. ...[full story]

BAKERSFIELD RESTAURANTS GETTING ABC'S FROM COUNTY

Kern County, Calif., is going with letter grades for health inspections. And no, nothing below a C is open for business....[full story]

BAY AREA CHARBROILER RULES DECLARED DONE

And as the Bay Area goes, so goes the rest of California, probably. ...[full story]

BAY AREA EATERIES BILL CUSTOMERS FOR NEW HEALTHCARE COSTS

San Francisco's mandated healthcare is still facing court challenges. If it gets reversed, what happens to the revenue from the surcharges? Rebates on ham sandwiches? ...[full story]

BAY AREA READIES FOR ANOTHER HEARING ON CHARBROILER REGS

So far, not a single chain operator has stood up to weigh in along with ventilation advocates. Going once, going twice....[full story]

BRACE FOR MORE FOG RULES IN CALIFORNIA

Turn on your FOG lamps. A wave of new local regs will be heading your way next year....[full story]

BURBANK BANDIES BAG BAN IF EDUCATION FAILS

a brochure and some follow-up will be enough. Or maybe not. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA ADOPTS ICC BUILDING CODES

Used to going its own way, California zigs when it usually zags....[full story]

CALIFORNIA ADOPTS PLAN TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING

The CARB reveals its plan for such things as refrigerant-gas recovery, energy programs and more. ... [full story]

CALIFORNIA AIR QUALITY PLANS TARGET CHARBROILERS

That rule everyone's scuffling over in the San Francisco district might become the template for the whole state. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIANS, CHICAGOANS TAKE HEART: YOU CAN STILL GET FOIE GRAS IN MARYLAND
Legislators in Maryland say nay to animal rights advocates. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA APPROVES MENU LAW, KING COUNTY, WASH., REG KICKS IN

California moves to preempt a crazy-quilt of local standards. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA ENDS MEAT RECALL SECRECY AGREEMENT
From now on, if you sell meat or poultry that's involved in a voluntary recall, you're in trouble. For four years, it wasn't like that....[full story]

CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA GROWERS TO BE INSPECTED
With a lot of stuff rolling downhill, California goes with voluntary inspections while Florida opts for mandatory....[full story]

CALIFORNIA FLUSHES OLD TOILET STANDARDS

Well, the bill passed. Maybe this new plumbing will work just fine. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA FOOD CODE TO CHANGE JULY 1
The country's biggest market will shift toward the 2001 FDA code, but details are still in the works....[full story]

CALIFORNIA LABELING LAW SIGNED, U.S. SENATORS 'LEAN' TOWARD NATIONAL STANDARD

This menu-labeling thing is going galactic. Now if we can just get kids' reading scores up, maybe they'll read the labels. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA LOWERS HURDLES TO SOLAR CONVERSION

Can we help it that the world's seventh largest economy generates a lot of regulatory news? Anyway, this one's good news. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA MARKETS DECLARE WATER RESTRICTIONS

Droughts are driving water restrictions in the dining room. What's next? Even-odd dishroom days? ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA MAY PREEMPT LOCAL CALORIE COUNTERS WITH STATE BILL

Why should every hill and dale come up with a different solution?. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA MULLS, NYC DELAYS CALORIE COUNTS ON MENUS

Does this menu make me look fat?....[full story]

CALIFORNIA OFFERS ENERGY EFFICIENCY LOANS FOR SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS
Four-point-five percent. That’s the loan rate for schools or hospitals upgrading to enviro-friendly setups.... full story

CALIFORNIA OFFERS INCENTIVES FOR SOLAR POWER

Sounds a little like your significant other paying you to date somebody else, doesn't it?....[full story]

CALIFORNIA PRODUCE HANDLERS START USING SERVICE MARK
Industry self-regulation takes another step forward....[full story]

CALIFORNIA RAISES ICE MAKER STANDARDS FOR 2008

No more wasting energy, not on the Governator's watch.... [full story]

CALIFORNIA SAYS PLUMBING MUST GET LEAD OUT
California's tightening its definition of "lead-free" pipes and fittings, and it's adding some references that may impact foodservice....[full story]

CALIFORNIA SETS NEW STANDARDS FOR GREEN BUILDINGS

Raising the bar even above new energy-efficiency standards that will become effective Jan. 1, California’s voluntary Green Building Standards Code is expected to lead to mandatory standards by the end of 2010. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA TO MAKE BUILDINGS GREENER
The Governator declares "We'll cut baaack" on energy consumption....[full story]

CALIFORNIA TRANS-FAT BAN NOW IN EFFECT

In the “In Case You Forgot” file: California's ban on cooking with products containing trans fat took effect Jan. 1. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA UPS ENERGY STANDARDS—AGAIN
Yes, time to do some stretching exercises. California’s raised the energy hurdles.... full story

CALIFORNIA UTILITIES TEAM UP FOR STATEWIDE ENERGY REBATES
Four huge utilities pool their, uh, energies for a really big rebate strategy....[full story]

CALIFORNIA, VERMONT GET THE LEAD OUT

Two states now require virtually lead-free plumbing for water consumed by humans, and UL announces a certification service. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA, VERMONT LIMITING LEAD IN PIPES

Laws limiting lead contact with drinking water have been in the, er, pipeline for a while. Effective dates are coming soon. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIANS START COUNTING CALORIES

Okay, the brochures have to be available now. January 2011, the menus and menu boards will have to carry the info. ...[full story]

CEC TWEAKS LANGUAGE ON LIGHTING, EQUIPMENT
Okay, so these changes are mainly in definitions. Still, there's no upside to falling behind on the details in California....[full story]

CITY MAY TRADE PARKING FOR BETTER SIDEWALK SEATING

San Luis Obispo, Calif., priced itself out of the sidewalk-seating biz. Now it's rethinking. ...[full story]

CORRECTION: CALIFORNIA SUSPENDS PROPOSED AB 1953 LEAD LAW
We thought it was a done deal. But it wasn't. And now, it looks like maybe its goose is cooked....[full story]

ENERGY BILLS SET STANDARD FOR PRE-RINSE SPRAY VALVES
Lawmakers get on board with low-flow's water-saving potential....[full story]

GGRA PETITIONS U.S. SUPREME COURT

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Restaurant Association isn’t rolling over on the city’s mandatory healthcare plan. ...[full story]

GOLDEN GATE OPS ASK 'THE NINE' TO DECIDE HEALTHCARE PLAN LEGALITY

San Francisco's on-again-off-again universal healthcare plan may be off again. ...[full story]

'GOVERNATOR' SIGNS TRANS-FAT BAN

California's the first with a state-wide ban. ...[full story]

GREASE TRAPS SPUR LOCAL ORDINANCES

Maywood, N.J., and Stockton, Calif., aren't standing for sewer backups any more. ...[full story]

HAPPY MEALS EARN A FROWN

The McBurglar is innocent, but there is no joy in Santa Clara nor McDonaldland over toys and nutrition. ...[full story]

HOW MANY CALIFORNIANS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB?
However many the legislators say. A proposed ban on incandescent bulbs will shed some light. Maybe....[full story]

IF YOU’RE TOO DRUNK TO READ, YOU’RE TOO DRUNK TO DRIVE
Attention, restaurant and bar operators in Poway, Calif.: You’ve just been "volunteered" to join the fight. ... full story

IN SAN FRANCISCO OCT. 23?

BAAQMD's having a public hearing on changes to cooking-equipment exhaust rules. Be there. ...[full story]

JUDGE CALLS FOR DELAY IN SAN DIEGO’S TIME-OF-USE RATE PLAN

So you say you want new meters and a new plan to charge customers more for peak usage and less for off-peak?... full story

L.A., OTHER CITIES TELL TACO VENDORS TO KEEP ON TRUCKIN'

Low overhead is good business, everyone agrees. But if you're selling tacos out of a truck, keep it moving—or face big (or bigger) fines. ...[full story]

L.A. COURT OVERTURNS TACO-TRUCK TICKETING

That's the ticketing that was overturned. Not the trucks. ...[full story]

L.A. JUMPS ON CALORIE-COUNTING BANDWAGON

Add Los Angeles to the list of places in California that don't want to wait for Governor Schwarzenegger's signature. ...[full story]

L.A. MAY BAN PATIO SMOKING BY YEAR'S END

What if you're smoking for medicinal purposes? ...[full story]

L.A. PASSES NEIGHBORHOOD FAST-FOOD BAN
A seemingly debatable proposal passes without a single dissenting vote. ...[full story]

L.A., SEATTLE JUMP ON BAG-BAN WAGON

Plastic bags? We don't need no stinkin' bags! ...[full story]

L.A. TAKES FAT FIGHT DIRECTLY TO CHAINS

One L.A. lawmaker wants to ban new QSRs in neighborhoods that are already obese. ...
[full story]

L.A. TO CERTIFY GREEN RESTAURANTS

A new program is still in its formative stages but will likely look like the one up in the Bay Area. ...[full story]

L.A. WANTS TO FIGHT FAT WITH WAR ON FAST FOOD

An L.A. pol says fast food is targeting lower-income neighborhoods and wants a moratorium. Talk about taking the bull by the tail. ...[full story]

LAKEPORT, CALIF., READIES BIG FOG FINES

Two hours north of San Francisco, a town considers adding big teeth to what used to be a gummy standard. ...[full story]

LOCALES SAY YOU CAN'T JUST FLUSH WATER DOWN TOILET

Like 1.6-gal. flushes? A new 1.3-gal. version might be coming. ...[full story]

MARIN COUNTY CLEARS UP THE FOG

A California county notorious for its fog (as well as its beaches and occasional sunshine) has cleared up some of its FOG issues. ...[full story]

MENU-LABELING LAWS POP UP FASTER THAN CRA CAN FILE SUITS

Local regs are spreading like kudzu, except that kudzu's more consistent. ...[full story]

MORE CITIES NOW IN FOG

As water quality issues float to the top, so do fats, oils and grease problems. ...[full story]

MORE TOWNS LEGISLATE THEIR WAY OUT OF FOG

A couple more towns have passed anti-Fats-Oils-Grease ordinances—Rialto, Calif., and Currituck, N.C. ...[full story]

MORE TOWNS WORK TO LIFT FOG

If you have a sense of déjà vu reading about Fats-Oils-Grease ordinances, you're not alone. ...
[full story]

MORE TWISTS IN SAN FRANCISCO'S HEALTHCARE CASE

Interestingly, two restaurant operators are among small businesses saying the city's required healthcare-insurance contribution is turning out to be no big deal. ...[full story]

NAPA PUTS INSPECTION REPORTS ONLINE, MULLS LETTER GRADES
Trailing non-compliance with a law requiring the posting of restaurant inspections prompts Napa to put inspection grades online. ...[full story]

NEW CODE SAYS YOU HAVE TO BE GREEN TO BUILD IN SANTA CRUZ
The Left Coast, so often first into new things, is first to adapt LEED principles for law....[full story]

NEWPORT BEACH REQUIRES NEW FOG FEE
No more "sliding" on grease effluent.... full story

NYC CALORIE-POSTING LAW TOSSED, BUT CALIFORNIA PAVES WAY FOR OTHERS

New York City's law wasn't fair. California's is. Duh. ...[full story]

OAKLAND SAYS PICK IT UP OR PAY
You trash it up, you clean it up—or pay to clean it up. Oakland's not taking it anymore.....[full story]

ORANGE COUNTY GETS ‘F’ ON RESTAURANT GRADING

A grand jury assigns homework, and Orange County, Calif., refuses to do it. ...[full story]

ORANGE COUNTY SPRING ROLLS NOT TOO HOT, NOT TOO COLD, BUT EXPENSIVE
You don't have to be Goldilocks to get spring rolls at the right temps. You just need a federal grant....[full story]

PASADENA TAKES SMOKING BAN OUTDOORS

If there are any altercations, at least the altercators will already be outside. ...[full story]

PG&E JUMPS ON AUTOMATED METER MOVEMENT
Jazzy new meters are going in, and users averaging more than 200 kW/mo. will pay different electric rates at different times of day....[full story]

PG&E OFFERS BIG WINTER GAS SAVINGS

Some pretty big credits here—theoretically, if you could cut your gas consumption by, say, 85%, PG&E would have to start sending YOU checks....[full story]

PHILLY, CALIFORNIA MULL CALORIE POSTING AFTER NEW YORK RULING

With a higher precedent in position, the form of future laws looks pretty clear. ...[full story]

PROGRAM LIGHTS UP EAST BAY RESTAURANTS
San Francisco’s East Bay operators can get help switching to energy-efficient lighting.... full story

PUBLIC COMMENT NEEDED NOW ON CONTROVERSIAL BAY AREA EXHAUST PROPOSAL

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as the saying goes. This one's the express lane....[full story]

RED TAPE GETS CUT FOR RESTAURANT DEVELOPMENT IN L.A. COUNTY

Opening an operation in L.A. just got a whole lot easier (and hand-holding is available upon request). ...[full story]

RESTAURANTS LOSE FIGHT AGAINST S.F. HEALTH PLAN

Looks like the final gavel has come down on mandated insurance. ...[full story]

SACRAMENTO COUNTY GIVES GREEN CARD TO RESTAURANTS

Big color coded placards can be identified from speeding cars. You'd better pass inspection....
[full story]

SAN DIEGO PROPOSES TIME-OF-USE METERS

Higher by day, lower by night. That’s the way energy bills would look for San Diego operators if the local utility company gets its way....full story

SAN DIEGO TIGHTENS WATER RESTRICTIONS...

A great conservation program comes up a little short under the pressure of a drought. ...[full story]

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA FOAMING ABOUT FOAM

Polystyrene takeout packaging's days are numbered. Oakland's just banned it, and San Francisco last week was mere moments away....[full story]

SAN FRANCISCO CALLS FOR VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION

If this doesn't work, rationing could put a crimp on 20,000 restaurants in the Bay Area....[full story]

SAN FRANCISCO CONSIDERS CALORIE POSTING ON MENU BOARDS

Remember when tough guys like Karl Malden and Steve McQueen made the streets of San Francisco famous? Now the fights are about calorie signage. ...[full story]

SAN FRANCISCO FLEET TO RUN ON BIO-FUEL
Everywhere I go, I smell fries. Do you smell fries? Nah. ...[full story]

SAN FRANCISCO JUDGES OKAY CITY'S UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE PLAN

An appeal hearing has been scheduled, but for now you should figure on paying. ...[full story]

SAN FRANCISCO SAYS FOOD WARNINGS MUST BE MULTI-LINGUAL
How big should a label be to include Spanish and Chinese along with English?....[full story]

SAN FRANCISCO SITTING ON FOAM LAW FOR 30 DAYS
Oakland pulled the trigger on its polystyrene foam ban. San Francisco has the hammer cocked....[full story]

SAN JOAQUIN DELAYS CHARBROILER RULES
First you needed to be at California’s Bay Area meeting. Then came the South Coast meetings. And now the San Joaquin Valley meeting. ...[full story]

SAN JOSE GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT BANNING PLASTICS

Polystyrene foam cups, which will be around long after the sun has fizzled, will be banned at city events. ...[full story]

SAN JOSE SETS STRONGER GREEN-BUILDING STANDARDS

Green is good. Greener is better. ...[full story]

SAN MATEO INSPECTORS GET TABLET NOTEBOOKS
No more shuck-and-jiving San Mateo inspectors. They'll have your whole history at their fingertips.... [full story]

SAN MATEO MULLS POSTING OF INSPECTION RESULTS
Should ops post their full health inspection results? San Mateo County will decide soon.... [full story]

SANTA CRUZ CONSIDERS INSPECTION PLAN UPDATE
A new plan would enhance both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in health inspections....[full story]

SANTA MONICA REVIEWING OUTDOOR, INDOOR DESIGN STANDARDS

At what point does outdoor become indoor, in which case you're looking at different standards? Suddenly we're not so sure...[full story]

S.F.'S MEATLESS MONDAY VOTE HAS NO TEETH

Meat people can relax. San Francisco's resolution was symbolic only. ...[full story]

S.F. RESTAURATEURS DENIED HEALTH-INSURANCE RELIEF

For now, at least, San Francisco restaurants have to begin chipping in for mandatory health insurance. ...[full story]

SHORT AND SWEET FOR CALIFORNIA CREDIT RECEIPTS
Where California machine-printed credit card receipts are concerned, state deadlines trump federal—period.... full story

SOCAL GAS ANNOUNCES 2006 REBATES
If you're doing business in Southern California, you could save a pile....[full story]

SOCAL SETTING NEW CHARBROILER RULES

South Coast Air Quality Management District needs your input on amendments that would change the charbroiler effluent standard. ...[full story]

SOME BROILERS MAY GET BREAK IN SAN JOAQUIN

Public hearings were, well, heard. ...[full story]

STATES STEPPING IN ON CALORIE POSTING

First it was cities. Now it's entire states—California and New York—getting in on the calorie-posting haggle. ...[full story]

TACO-TRUCK BATTLES HEATING UP COAST TO COAST

And in Los Angeles, taco-truckers are hunkering down. ...[full story]

"TERMINATOR" TERMINATES MENU LABELING BILL

Here's one proposed law that "won't be baaaack." ...[full story]

THINK TANK SAYS CALIFORNIA CAN CUT WATER USE BY 2030
Can the Golden State cut water consumption by 20%? You bet, say Oakland environmentalists....[full story]

TRANS FAT THE NEW TOBACCO; MORE LAWS IN WORKS
With cigarettes and trans fats out, pretty soon we could start the jumping jacks....[full story]

TWO MORE CITIES SAY NO TO FOG

Cities in Virginia and California join the coast-to-coast movement. ...[full story]

WATER METERS ON TAP FOR SACRAMENTO AREA
Yes, volume-based water pricing is coming to operators who don’t even have meters, so... full story

WATER WOES SPREADING ON BOTH COASTS

Last issue, we jested about restrictions spreading to dishrooms some day. This issue, we're not jesting. ...[full story]

WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY SMOKING?

This isn't even a foodservice story, unless cannabis could be considered a salad item, but, uh, what were we saying? ...[full story]

...WHILE DESERT AREA JUST BEGINS

Meanwhile, in the tropical rainforests of Palm Springs, some restaurants are voluntarily conserving. But not if they don’t want to. ...[full story]

COLORADO
COLORADO CLOSING IN ON ENERGY REGS FOR REFRIGERATORS, FREEZERS
Will the governor sign? Or will he veto? The answer’s coming soon.... full story

COLORADO CUTS MINIMUM WAGE

When the cost of living goes down, so does minimum wage. In this case, three cents. ...[full story]

COLORADO EQUIPMENT PETITIONS BROADEN YOUR OPTIONS

If you ever wanted to add an unusual—maybe non-NSF certified, for example—piece of equipment... full story

COLORADO GOV VETOES ENERGY EFFICIENCY BILL
Colorado's governor likes efficiency as much as the next guy, but for the good of interstate commerce wants fed standards, not state patchworks.... [full story]

COLORADO'S NO-BARE-HAND CONTACT RULE TAKES EFFECT MARCH 1

If you're not gonna cook that after handling it, get the gloves ready....[full story]

CONNECTICUT
BRIDGEPORT RESTAURANT RESTROOMS ON THE HOOK
Bridgeport, Conn., now requires coat hooks in foodservice restrooms. Everything else must be pretty much under control....[full story]

CALORIE COUNTS ON MENU IN OREGON; CONNECTICUT NEXT?
If we drag our feet a little longer, every state and town will have its own labeling requirements before the federal one gets done. ...[full story]

CONNECTICUT, ALABAMA CLEAN-AIR PROPOSALS HAVE FOES SMOKING
Who has jurisdiction inside Native American casinos, anyway? And other sticky questions. ...
[full story]

CONNECTICUT HOPES CAMPAIGN WILL JOLT USERS INTO ACTION
Er, shocking electric consumption is driving a wave of new state rebates....[full story]

CONNECTICUT LAWMAKER PUSHES NEW FED FOOD-SAFEY AGENCY

A new proposal would split the FDA into medical and food-safety agencies. ...[full story]

CONNECTICUT OPERATORS BRISTLE AT PROPOSED FOG REGS

Onward through the FOG, as ops jab with the state’s water bureau over costly regulation of fats, oils and grease.... full story

CONNECTICUT OPERATORS GET FOG REPRIEVE
Deadline extensions and other breaks are among mods to the originally proposed law....[full story]

CONNECTICUT SEES GREEN IN NEW BUILDINGS' FUTURE

LEED is now law, and the law is spreading. ...[full story]

CONNECTICUT TIGHTENS GRIP ON FAT, OIL AND GREASE DISPOSAL
FOG controls lie ahead for Connecticut foodservice operators, and they’re not related to the weather.... full story

NEW CONNECTICUT CODE HITS OLD REFRIGERATION
The first major overhaul to the state’s Food Code in 20 years would affect cold-holding.... full story

STAMFORD SAYS FOG WILL COST $250/DAY

Rules are like people. Both work better when they have some teeth. ...[full story]

STAMFORD WANTS TEETH FOR FOG RULES

The Connecticut city moves toward a local law that will let city choppers bite state-law violators. ...[full story]

STATES STEP UP ALLERGY AWARENESS

New law in Massachusetts will hold operators responsible for providing menu-allergy information. ...[full story]

TRANS FAT THE NEW TOBACCO; MORE LAWS IN WORKS

With cigarettes and trans fats out, pretty soon we could start the jumping jacks....[full story]

ZONING: WHAT'S THE QUESTION HERE?

A small town in Connecticut opens a big can of worms. And everyone's still arguing about what the argument really should be. ...[full story]

DELAWARE
YES, STILL MORE HEALTH DEPARTENTS PUT REPORTS ONLINE

If you're keeping a running list, here ya go....[full story]

FLORIDA
ARCHES ON ARCHER OKAY, BUT NOT BIG BOY

Arches okay in Alachua County, Fla. Big Boy statues, cartoon characters, animals and giant doughnut bags—not so much. ...[full story]

BONITA SPRINGS LOOKING AT NEW GREASE TRAP RULES

Bonita Springs, Fla., doesn't want glurp gumming up its lifestyle. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA GROWERS TO BE INSPECTED

With a lot of stuff rolling downhill, California goes with voluntary inspections while Florida opts for mandatory....[full story]

COUNTY BANS GOLDEN ARCHES AS SIGNAGE—FOR NOW

Really big signs are verboten in Gainesville, Fla.'s home county. So are the really big arches on a retro building a sign, or something else? ...[full story]

DISPUTED STUDY ASSERTS FLORIDA RESTAURANTS THRIVING WITH SMOKING BAN

"No smoke, no problem," is the conclusion of a study... full story

DOGGIE DINING UP TO GOVERNOR
But here's the lingering question in Florida: If your dog shows up for the Early Bird deal, does he get it?....[full story]

FLORIDA COUNTIES PUSH POSTING OF INSPECTIONS

Pasco and Palm Beach Counties aren't inclined to leave it up to the state....[full story]

FLORIDA GOV. BUSH LETS THE DOGS OUT
Remember when your mom used to say it was okay with her if it was okay with dad? Well, this dog law is kind of like that....[full story]

FLORIDA LAWSUIT AGAINST SMOKING BAN FAILS, FOR NOW
A legal battle over a smoking ban fizzles in Florida, but only on a technicality. ...
[full story]

FLORIDA UPDATES RESTAURANT INSPECTION WEB SITE
Meanwhile, the state makes it easier to find out everything about every restaurant in the land of Early Bird Specials....[full story]

FLORIDA TOWN DOUSES TWO-YEAR-OLD FIRE CODE

A restrictive fire code has been so expensive and difficult, Zephyrhills, Fla., is reconsidering. ...
[full story]

HUMOR POLICE COME DOWN ON FLORIDA PUBS

Today it's signage. Pretty soon we won't be able to say "Pull my finger" either....[full story]

INTERIOR DESIGNERS FOR KITCHEN LAYOUT IN FLORIDA?

Well, we're not so sure about sizing the fan motor, but we love the tangerine side skirting with the turquoise hood. ...[full story]

MIAMI BEACH MAY LIMIT RESTAURANT SEATING

When restaurants overpower the hotels they're located in, local officials decide it's time to step in. ...[full story]

MIAMI BEACH TO PLACE LIMITS ON RESTAURANT SEATING

Too many rowdies in South Pointe spoiled the brew. ...[full story]

NAPLES RESTAURANTEUR STILL SMOKING OVER BAN, WON'T DROP SUIT
Some embers refuse to go out....[full story]

NEW PALM BEACH GUIDELINES JUST SAY NO TO CHAINS

The stylish Florida community has its slacks in a wrinkle about maintaining uniqueness. ...[full story]

NO STICKERS FOR PALM BEACH
Pot stickers, maybe. But no menu stickers about inspection reports....[full story]

ORLANDO PUSHES FOR LEGISLATION TO ALLOW DOGS TO DINE
Fido catches a break when Orlando's city council gives a nod to dogs dining out....[full story]

PALM BEACH CONSIDERS GRADING RESTAURANTS
Well-heeled Palm Beach County, Fla., is thinking about holding operators' feet to the fire over inspection results....[full story]

RESTAURANT TAKES ON FLORIDA SMOKING BAN
After you think about this one for a minute, you'll be surprised the angle hasn't come up before.... [full story]

ST. LOUIS, SARASOTA GO TO DOGS

We don't mean to resist certain kinds of news stories, but doesn't all this doggie dining business seem just a little silly?....[full story]

STATES STEPPING IN ON CALORIE POSTING

First it was cities. Now it's entire states—California and New York—getting in on the calorie-posting haggle. ...[full story]

TOILET PAPER: WE NEED A LAW FOR THIS?

Really! As if Florida doesn't have other things to think about....[full story]

WATER WOES SPREADING ON BOTH COASTS

Last issue, we jested about restrictions spreading to dishrooms some day. This issue, we're not jesting. ...[full story]

GEORGIA
FOOD CARTS OKAYED IN MINNEAPOLIS, ATLANTA ON HOLD

Minneapolis is allowing more food carts downtown—for businesses leasing commercial-kitchen space. ...[full story]

GEORGIA FOOD CODE CHANGES TAKE EFFECT DEC. 1

Lots of changes, from handwashing to time/temp rules. ...[full story]

GEORGIA'S NEW FOOD CODE FINALLY KICKS IN
After a year of scuffling over whether you can have dirty hands and still get an "A" on your inspection, Georgia's ready to roll....[full story]

GEORGIA RESTAURANTS GET CHOICE: SMOKING OR KIDS
Faced with the toughest decision of his life, Earl shrugged....[full story]

GEORGIA TO STUDY TRANS FAT ISSUE

Yes, the trans fat's in the fire again. Is it hot in here, or is it just us?....[full story]

MORE TOWNS LEGISLATE THEIR WAY OUT OF FOG

Like the Energizer Bunny, this topic just keeps going and going. ...[full story]

MORE TOWNS WORK TO LIFT FOG

If you have a sense of déjà vu reading about Fats-Oils-Grease ordinances, you're not alone. ...
[full story]

NEW GEORGIA FOOD CODE BATTLE CONTINUES

What's fair, and what's accurate, in a grading system?....[full story]

NYC RESTAURANTS GET CALORIE-POSTING REPRIEVE; GEORGIA PREEMPTS ATTEMPTS

Pardon our editorializing, but this "As The Menu-Board Turns" soap opera is getting silly. ...
[full story]

PUBLIC COMMENT ON GEORGIA'S NEW FOOD CODE ENDS JAN. 9
Everything from inspector certifications to food handling practices stands to be updated....[full story]

RETRO FLUSH: ATLANTA REQUIRES LOW-FLOW TOILETS IN OLDER BUILDINGS

DeKalb County's cracking down on old buildings with old, water-hog toilets. ...[full story]

ROME, GA., HIKES WATER, SEWER, LANDFILL FEES

Conservation has been so good in Rome, Ga., that Romans have to hike fees to keep the lights on at City Hall. ...[full story]

'QUICK DRAW' IN GEORGIA NO LONGER JUST ABOUT BEER

Gun-toters can't drink, and drinkers can't tote. But who's gonna say no? ...[full story]

HAWAII
HAWAII BANS SHARK FIN

The risk of extinction pushes state to just say no to Chinese delicacy. ...[full story]

MAUI MOVES TO MAKE CLAMSHELLS AS SCARCE AS CLAMS

Say, brother, you don’t need that foam packaging. ...[full story]

IDAHO
DARK SKIES AHEAD FOR HAILEY, IDAHO

New regs there will have you seeing stars—figuratively, or literally, or perhaps both.... full story

IDAHO JUMPS ON SMOKING "BAN" WAGON
Smoking at Idaho eateries as of July 1 is now verboten.... full story

ILLINOIS
ANOTHER CHICAGO SUBURB EYES SMOKING BAN
More than 20 cities in Illinois already have snuffed out smoking one way or another....[full story]

ANOTHER CHICAGO SUBURB PASSES PATCHWORK SMOKING BAN
Arlington Park, the famous racetrack that's had trouble recently with horses injuring themselves, will be the only place in town where you can smoke....[full story]

CALIFORNIANS, CHICAGOANS TAKE HEART: YOU CAN STILL GET FOIE GRAS IN MARYLAND
Legislators in Maryland say nay to animal rights advocates. ...[full story]

CAMERAS MAY BE ON MENU FOR CHICAGO RESTAURANTS
Chicago lawmakers think everyone needs a security camera. What next? Airbags on kiddie chairs?....[full story]

CHICAGO BANS FOIE GRAS, EYES TRANS FATS
Amid the big-city bickering over corruption, healthcare problems, education and so on, Chicago turns its attention to...your menu.[full story]

CHICAGO CHARGES TWO HEALTH INSPECTORS

Pssst, you dere—You wanna buy a food-safety certificate? ...[full story]

CHICAGO FOIE GRAS BAN IS BIG TROUBLE FOR POPULAR BISTRO

Okay, so this restaurant operator is openly fighting the foie gras ban. Then the inspectors arrive. But what they find isn't foie gras. ...[full story]

CHICAGO FOIE GRAS BAN SO MUCH CHOPPED LIVER

A city of tough jakes—think guys like Mike Ditka, Dick Butkus, Dennis Farina, Dennis Franz—has its own way of dealing wit a ban such as dis one....[full story]

CHICAGO PROPOSES DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
Which raises the question, "Who focuses on this kind of thing, anyway?" ....[full story]

CHICAGO, SARASOTA WON'T LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE

You'd think doggie dining, trans fats, online inspection reports and smoking bans were taking over the world. Wait....[full story]

CHICAGO SAVES GOOSE THAT LAID GOLDEN LIVER

"The silliest law the City Council has ever passed" lasted just two years. ...[full story]

CHICAGO TO STREAMLINE INSPECTIONS

If you’re operating any of the 6,700 restaurants in Chicago, you might soon be finding the city easier to deal with.... full story

CHICAGO SNUFFS PUBLIC SMOKING, WITH IMPORTANT EXCEPTION
Cold times ahead for Chicago smokers, with a few exceptions....[full story]

CHICAGO VENTILATION CODES GO ‘BACK TO FUTURE’
Timing is everything--even in publication of mechanical codes. ... full story

CHICAGO'S VENTILATION CODE GOING NOWHERE FAST
The City of Chicago's got a few problems these days, and one of them is foodservice consultant and publisher George Zawacki....[full story]

EPA TO UNVEIL DRAFT ENERGY STAR DISHWASHER SPECS AT NRA SHOW MEETING
No more throwing away energy OR water. If you want to see what the Energy Star folks are proposing for warewashers, sign up for the meeting....[full story]

FOG CRACKDOWNS SPREADING

Some things just don't make people laugh anymore—Rodney King jokes and tasers come to mind—and you can put sewer overflows on that list too. ...[full story]

FOIE GRAS POLICE CITE FIRST OFFENDER IN CHI-TOWN

The city that used to be the nation's slaughterhouse has mixed feelings about enforcing a foie gras ban, but it'll do it....[full story]

ILLINOIS CAPITAL, CHICAGO BOTH GO NON-SMOKING
Yes, there's a growing trend in Illinois. But with "home rule" in place, towns right now can go any which way....[full story]

ILLINOIS FIRE MARSHAL CLARIFIES NEW CODE REQUIREMENTS

No, regardless of what suppliers tell you, a switch to wet-chem suppression usually won't involve a whole new hood. Sheesh. ...[full story]

ILLINOIS GOV. SIGNS SCHOOL BREAKFAST ACT
More wear soon for many Illinois school kitchens... full story

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR SIGNS UTILITY RELIEF BILL

After temporary rebates wear off, Illinois rate payers will realize the hikes never really went away. ...[full story]

ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE OKS ELECTRIC RATE RELIEF

Who's in charge here, anyway? Maybe the utilities....[full story]

ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE SAYS ITS TIME TO SNUFF OUT BUTTS

Just two years after giving local governments the right to determine how they want to address smoking issues, the state decided to make the decision for them....[full story]

ILLINOIS LOCAL SMOKING BAN LEGISLATION GOES DOWN IN FLAMES
Illinois House Bill 3996, which would allow any town the ability to seek a smoking ban, failed....
full story

ILLINOIS LUCKY THIRTEENTH IN PASSING HIGHER WAGES

What would 99 cents buy back in 1970? That's what $5.15 buys today. Illinois says that's not enough....[full story]

ILLINOIS REQUIRES NEW FIRE SUPPRESSION JAN. 1

Starting Jan. 1, that old dry chemical system will chafe the inspector, and YOU’LL get the rash. So to speak. ...[full story]

ILLINOIS SNUFFS OUT BUTTS IN JANUARY

Yes, the day after New Year's Eve celebrations, a state with a population of 13 million will be smoke-free in public places. Ponder that. ...[full story]

ILLINOIS’ ST. CLAIR COUNTY POSTS INSPECTION SCORES ONLINE
If you’re an operator in St. Clair County, Ill., you’d better be keeping your shop ship-shape....
full story


ILLINOIS WEIGHS FREEZING CONSUMERS VS. FREEZING RATES

Now that unfrozen electric rates have given way to triple-digit hikes and a legislative backlash, utilities say they might just have to declare bankruptcy. So there.....[full story]

MORE SMOKING BANS IN THE WORKS

Let's face it. Smoking's done. Stick a fork in it....[full story]

NEW FOOD CODE IN EFFECT IN WESTERN ILLINOIS

Monmouth, Ill., didn't have a food code, presumably because it didn't need one. Now it does. Have one, we mean....[full story]

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK HITS ILLINOIS SUBWAY STORES

Sixty cases of unknown origin prompt calls to pass Food Safety Act. ...[full story]

SCORE-ON-THE-DOOR FOR CHICAGO?
A city once built on stockyards is ready to clamp down on restaurant inspections....[full story]

TRANS FAT'S IN THE CHICAGO FIRE, AGAIN

The Windy City's self-conscious about its hefty Midwestern self....[full story]

OUTLYING CHICAGO 'BURBS FACING PERMANENT WATER SHORTAGE
With hundreds of thousands of consumers staring at big water problems, a state with no comprehensive energy or water programs thinks maybe it's time....[full story]

WATER SHORTAGES PROMPT NEW ILLINOIS INITIATIVE
Yes, Chicago sits next to one of the greatest Great Lakes. Its suburbs are in serious water trouble anyway....[full story]

INDIANA
BLOOMINGTON, IND., PUTS TEETH IN FIRE CODE

The requirements don't really change much, but the inspection process does—and the new fines are doozies. ...[full story]

INDIANA COUNTY TO POST INSPECTIONS ONLINE

An oversight in code created some confusion. This will fix it....[full story]

INDIANA TO REQUIRE RESTAURANTS TO HAVE CERTIFIED FOOD HANDLER ON STAFF
Indiana’s roughly 20,000 restaurants, grocery stores, vendors and gas stations that sell food will be required to have a certified food handler on staff by...full story

INDIANA, WISCONSIN ADOPT NEW FOOD CODES
Hot-food holding temps, handwashing water temps and more ... full story

OKLAHOMA, INDIANA CONSIDER TEETH IN SMOKING BILLS

Oklahoma wants to add some choppers to its law; Indiana wants to yank a few. ...[full story]

VIGO COUNTY SNUFFS ONE SMOKING ORDNANCE, FIRES UP ANOTHER
You've heard of chain smokers. Sometimes people are chain regulators....[full story]

IOWA
BIG UPHEAVAL FOR IOWA INSPECTIONS
When tight budgets meet big responsibilities, something's got to give....[full story]

DES MOINES FOG ORDINANCE PROVING FOGGY
Okay, so if your café is going to cost $50,000, do you really need a $75,000 grease trap?....[full story]

IOWA DECIDES AGAINST 82-YEAR-OLD COOKING PRACTICE

Loose meat doesn't mean loose practices, Iowa decides. ...[full story]

IOWA OFFERS WEB-BASED INSPECTION SCORES
The Hawkeye state isn't just posting the overall score—it's posting EVERYthing....[full story]

UPDATE MARCH 29, 2010: MAID-RITE WINS ON FOOD SAFETY

At the last minute, Iowa's legislature refuses to allow a franchisee to use the old-fashioned cooking techniques that now don't meet code. ...[full story]

KANSAS
AND YOUR LITTLE DOG, TOO
It's a bit like an Oz dream. Click your heels together all you want. Kansas might soon ban smoking. But its cities are free to go every which way....[full story]

FAIR FRANCHISING LAWS PROPOSED IN KANSAS, TENNESSEE

Fair is good. But these things deserve consideration. One group is already mapping and comparing legal bits....[full story]

KANSAS MAY SHIFT INSPECTIONS TO AG DEPARTMENT

A need to streamline is making Kansas rethink. ...[full story]

KANSAS MULLS DUMPING EQUIPMENT TAX
Soon you might get a property-tax break—if you buy new equipment....[full story]

KANSAS RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS NOW ONLINE
Yes, the Jayhawk State jumps on the online haywagon....[full story]

KANSAS SHUFFLES INSPECTION DUTIES
Good news and, uh, "interesting" news on the inspection front... full story

K.C. JOINS RANKS IN CRACKDOWN ON STREET VENDORS
Got a cart in K.C.? Get a sticker, stay 50 ft. from a competing business—and get away from Bartle
Hall and Municipal Stadium....[full story]

SMOKING BANS DEBATED IN KANSAS, MISSOURI

Where there’s smoke, there’s friction. Even in the heartland. ...[full story]

SMOKE BANS SET FOR KANSAS, MICHIGAN

Two more states join the ranks banning smoking in restaurants. ...[full story]

THREE STATES PASS 'MERLOT-TO-GO' LAWS
Kansas, Ohio and Rhode Island join states saying you can take it with you. Just don't start driving "Sideways."....[full story]

KENTUCKY
30-YEAR-OLD KENTUCKY FOOD CODE GETS REMOD

Kentucky’s Food Safety and Security Task Force will recommend a new food code.... full story

BASTIONS OF TOBACCO FALLING TO SMOKING BANS

Turkey, home of the hookah and "Turkish blend," France, and now even Thailand are kicking the habit, at least in public places. ...[full story]

IT'S JAN. 4: DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CERTIFIED FOOD MANAGER IS?
If you operate in the counties under the jurisdiction of Kentucky's Barren River District Health Department, the jig is up....[full story]

KENTUCKY IMPLEMENTS NEW FOOD-SAFETY CODE

In 2004, Kentucky started work on a new food code. Last June, we reported it passed one. In May, it kicks in. ...[full story]

KENTUCKY INTROS CALORIE-POSTING LAW...
With Congress last year deciding to duck voting on the Labeling Education and Nutrition Act, what's a state to do? ... [full story]

KENTUCKY SCHOOLS DODGE FRYER BULLET, FOR NOW
The state that’s home to fried chicken will allow schools to continue offering fried items, thanks to a last-minute compromise.... full story

KENTUCKY TO UPDATE 30-YEAR-OLD FOOD CODE

It’s been a while coming, but it’s coming now. ...[full story]

MANAGERS NOW NEED SAFETY CERTIFICATION IN KY COUNTIES
The Barren River District Health Department, which includes eight Kentucky counties, wants food safety certifications for managers. ...[full story

MORE SMOKING BANS IN EFFECT OR CONSIDERED

Yes, smoking bans are so yesterday. But we still write up some of 'em—especially where big populations are involved....[full story]

MORE SMOKING BANS IN THE WORKS

Let's face it. Smoking's done. Stick a fork in it....[full story]

WISCONSIN, VIRGINIA, COUNTY IN KENTUCKY STEP CLOSER TO SMOKING BANS

The trickle has become a torrent, and now entire states are routinely legislating smoking limits....[full story]

LOUISIANA
LOUISIANA LOOKING FOR FIVE-PELICAN RESTAURANTS

The "pelican briefs" are part of Louisiana’s push to make restaurant health inspection... full story

LOUISIANA SENATE OKAYS SMOKING BAN;
NEW JERSEY SCRAPS '25-FOOT' RULE
For a minute there, we tried to picture Bourbon Street without cigs. And we couldn't....[full story]

MAINE
...JUST IN TIME AS MAINE, OTHERS, WHIP UP RULES. ...
Not content to sit still while D.C. dithers, localities are still pushing calorie-counting legislation of their own.   ...[full story]

MAINE BUSINESSES GET GRIPE FORUM
Leave it to no-nonsense New Englanders to make legislators meet face-to-face with the business owners they're regulating....[full story]

MAINE'S EU-STYLE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING BILL TAKES EFFECT
Taking a cue from Brussels, Maine has banned lead and other hazardous materials from landfills....[full story]

MAINE TOWN JOINS LIST SAYING "NO" TO CHAINS
Preserving their New Englander individuality, Ogunquit voters say nope....[full story]

...MAKING TIMES EXTRA TOUGH FOR MAINE SMOKERS
First tell ’em they can’t smoke. Then tell ’em how fat they’ll get when they shift over to snacking.   ...[full story]

TRANS FAT TO GO ON DIET IN TEXAS, MAINE

Texas has tweaked its original proposal. And Maine joins the gang-tackle on trans fat, too. ...
[full story]

MARYLAND
ANNAPOLIS CONSIDERS MANDATORY FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION

There's nothing worse than a visiting Washington, D.C., politician with a digestive disturbance....
[full story]

BALTIMORE, BOSTON, FRIENDLY'S NOT FRIENDLY TO BAD FAT

Yes, more bans of trans fats. ...[full story]

BALTIMORE COUNTY MANDATES FOOD SAFETY TRAINING

Get somebody on your staff certified. Then wash your hands.... full story

BALTIMORE WANTS KIDS IN SCHOOL, NOT CAFES

The general goal's laudable, but once again the devil's in the details. ...[full story]

CANADIANS, MARYLANDERS START TRANS FAT DIET

As of midnight New Year's Eve, the trans fat was in the fire in one Canadian province and one Maryland county. ...[full story]

COUNTY IN MARYLAND NIXES TRANS FAT; MORE CHAINS SWITCH

Compared to the pokey 40-year smoking debate, this trans fat thing has spread like a brushfire in a high wind....[full story]

FREDERICK, MD., HEALTH DEPT. NOW OKAYS RESTAURANT BUILDING PERMITS
You can't even build it until the health team signs off on your plans....
[full story]

MARYLAND CALLS FOR REFRIGERATOR EFFICIENCY

Energy efficiency’s soon to be the "Law Of The Land" in Maryland for a wide variety... full story

MARYLAND, D.C. COMPARE NOTES ON CARRYOUT-BAG TAX

Paper or plastic, and which one will last a longer eternity in a landfill without air or light, will still matter. But they’ll both get taxed anyway. Only reusable bags will escape. ...[full story]

MARYLAND RESTAURANTS DODGE ANOTHER SMOKING BULLET
If you’re responsible for restaurant air quality in Maryland, you can heave another big sigh of relief—for now at least.... full story

MARYLAND TOWN WANTS PROS TO INSTALL GAS EQUIPMENT

People getting themselves blown up create a certain impetus for change. ...[full story]

MASSACHUSETTS
AFTER FAT, TOWN NOW TARGETS CALORIES
Brookline, Mass., is considering a labeling law that would cover independents as well as multiunit concepts. ...[full story]

BEANTOWN WEIGHS BAN OF 'BAD' FAT
Last time Boston had its fill of something, a bunch of tea ended up at the bottom of the harbor. Now the topic is trans fat. ...[full story]

BALTIMORE, BOSTON, FRIENDLY'S NOT FRIENDLY TO BAD FAT

Yes, more bans of trans fats. ...[full story]

BOSTON FACILITIES GO RETRO: FROM RESTROOM TO RESTAURANT

The yuk factor is the biggest obstacle in a possible retrofit. ...[full story]

BOSTON MULLS HOOD-CLEANING CERTIFICATION

There's a lot riding on your hood-cleaning service. Do you feel lucky? ...[full story]

BOSTON OPS MIGHT GET CHEAPER ENERGY
Don't get smaaht with Bahston. The city itself unveils a plan to get better rates for restaurants and other small businesses. ...[full story]

BOSTON TO WEIGH TRANS FAT BAN THIS WEEK
The home of the Boston Tea Party considers tossing trans fats. ...[full story]

CAMDEN, LAWRENCE RETHINKING RESTAURANT CURFEWS
Can you stay open late, or not? That's the question in two eastern towns that seemingly had already answered it....[full story]

DON'T LET THAT DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT
Wary of icky doorknobs, Massachusetts might require public bathroom doors to swing outward instead of in.....[full story]

DRIVE-TRHOUGH REGS LOOM FOR MASSACHUSETTS TOWNS
What’s not to like about drive-through service? Plenty, when lines of waiting cars ... full story

MASSACHUSETTS EYES HOOD-CLEANING STANDARD
In the aftermath of a Boston grease fire that killed two firefighters, the Massachusetts Fire Marshall wants to clamp down. ...[full story]

MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR WANTS TO UP RESTAURANT SALES TAX

When a state runs a deficit, who pays? ...[full story]

MASSACHUSETTS MAY REVERT TO CONSENSUS STANDARDS
The Bay State might not want to be known as The Tax Me State. So it's reconsidering state approval of restaurant equipment. ....[full story]

MASSACHUSETTS POISED TO PASS FRANCHISEE PROTECTION
As franchising has grown, so have franchisor-franchisee legal challenges. A proposed law isn't passing without criticism....[full story]

MASSACHUSETTS PUTS EQUIPMENT MAKERS ON NOTICE
Another state joins a growing list of jurisdictions getting into the certification business. And did we mention the application fee?....[full story]

MASSACHUSETTS TELLS CHAINS TO COUNT CALORIES; CONNECTICUT MAY FOLLOW
The thing about the new Massachusetts law is that it includes drive-through menu boards too. ...
[full story]

MASSACHUSETTS THROWS WET BLANKET ON NIGHTSPOTS

According to a new law to become effective Nov. 15, Massachusetts nightclubs, bars and dance halls... full story

MORE CITIES, CHAINS JUMP ON TRANS FAT BANDWAGON

Once science knows something is bad, using it gets tricky, legally speaking....[full story]

MORE TOWNS TRY TO CUT THROUGH FOG

Three more cities post new requirements. ...[full story]

NANTUCKET THE LATEST TO CONSIDER BANNING CHAINS
With a chain store leading the charge, Nantucket is considering banning chains. Well, other chains, anyway....[full story]

STATES STEP UP ALLERGY AWARENESS

New law in Massachusetts will hold operators responsible for providing menu-allergy information. ...[full story]

TOWN BEATS STATE TO PUNCH ON LATEX GLOVES

Bellingham, Mass., has hung up the gloves. ...[full story]

WORCESTER HOPES KENNEDY, KERRY CAN LEAD CITY OUT OF FOG

Worcester, Mass., restaurants are in deep fats, oils and grease trouble, and the city's taking its case to Washington....[full story]

WORCESTER NOT BLOWING SMOKE ON FOG LAW

No more celebrity politicians pleading your case. The hammer's comin' down in Woostah. ...
[full story]

WORCESTER SEES THROUGH THE FOG, FOR NOW

If you've been following this story, you know the call went out to Kerry and Kennedy. It was answered by plumbers and gas fitters....[full story]

WORCESTER SEES THROUGH FOG; MANALAPAN NOW IN IT

Okay, so maybe a grease trap under a mop sink was a bit much. ...[full story]

MICHIGAN
CITY TO RETHINK DRIVE-THROUGH NOISE LIMITS
With restaurants staying open later, Clawson, Mich., questions drive-through squawk volume. ...
[full story]

FOOD IN DULUTH MIGHT GET MANDATORY SECOND LIFE, AND THIRD. ...
Too much landfill waste comes from food. "People, pigs and peonies" might just be a solution....
[full story]

DETROIT MULLS FAST-FOOD TAX
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a brave man in a city of hockey players and auto workers, hopes to slap an additional tax on fast-food sales....[full story]

MACOMB COUNTY, MICH., TO PULL PLUG ON UNCERTIFIED MANAGERS

With three whole years of advance warning, one in four restaurants still says "whuh?"....[full story]

MORE SMOKING BANS IN EFFECT OR CONSIDERED

Yes, smoking bans are so yesterday. But we still write up some of 'em—especially where big populations are involved....[full story]

MICHIGAN A STEP CLOSER TO STATEWIDE SMOKING BAN

The Senate and House both passed their own versions of a law. The governor's just waiting to see which one to sign. ...[full story]

MICHIGAN EYES TOUGHER FOOD CODE

Michigan legislators are sick of, well, people getting sick from unsanitary foodservice employees.....[full story]

MICHIGAN GIVES RESTAURANTS EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN
What would you do if your restaurant lost power or water service for a day or more? Michigan has published some ideas.... full story

MICHIGAN ONLINE CALCULATOR HELPS WITH PLAN REVIEWS
If you’re working on plans for a Michigan eatery, save your team a few hassles.... full story

MICHIGAN WEB SITE SPELLS OUT HOOD RECOMMENDATIONS

Now you have a handy online starting point for figuring out hood requirements in Michigan... full story

NORTH CAROLINA, MICHIGAN JOIN LIST OF SMOKE-FREE STATES

Two states join the list, bringing the total to 37. ...[full story]

SMOKE BANS SET FOR KANSAS, MICHIGAN

Two more states join the ranks banning smoking in restaurants. ...[full story]

MINNESOTA
FIRE INSPECTION FEES LOOM FOR DULUTH RESTAURANTS

Duluth, Minn., operators will take a new hit in the wallet, but... full story

FOOD CARTS OKAYED IN MINNEAPOLIS, ATLANTA ON HOLD

Minneapolis is allowing more food carts downtown—for businesses leasing commercial-kitchen space. ...[full story]

MINNEAPOLIS SMOKERS CAUGHT BETWEEN ROCK AND SIDEWALK
There's more than one way to skin a smoker, apparently. Some ways involve concrete....[full story]

SMOKERS WIN IN TOBACCO COUNTRY, LOSE ELSEWHERE

Tobacco's goose is cooked, it's up in smoke, it's kaput, stick a fork in it—except where jobs are at stake....[full story]

ST. PAUL MAYOR SAYS ‘BUTT OUT,’ COUNTY SAYS ‘BUTTS OUT’
Smoke ’em if you got ’em....No, wait.... full story

TORONTO, TWIN CITIES TAKE ON TRANS FAT—MAYBE

Trans fats are pretty much on their way out anyway, but a couple extra shoves to the door couldn't hurt. ...[full story]

TWO MORE CITIES EYE GREASE-TRAP LAWS

Willmar, Minn., and Stantonsburg, N.C., won't stand for FOG in their water. ...[full story]

MISSISSIPPI
MORE TOWNS SAY GREASE TRAPS THE WAY OUT OF FOG

If you're putting pins in a map, better check your supply. This FOG thing keeps spreading. ...
[full story]

MISSOURI
COLUMBIA, MO., PUTS LIGHTING CHANGES ON HOLD
Debates over new outdoor lighting restrictions are creating as much heat as light....[full story]

FULTON, MO., PREPARES FOOD CODE CHANGE, THEN TABLES IT

Sometimes rulemaking is like dancing: Somebody has to lead before someone can follow. ...
[full story]

KANSAS CITY LOOKS AT CHANGES IN INSPECTIONS, OPERATIONS
Operators in Kansas City, Mo., may soon be looking at a raft of changes... full story

K.C., MO., MIGHT BAN SMOKING—IF ’BURBS DO

It’s wait-and-see time for those of you operating in Kansas City, Mo. ... full story

SMOKING BANS DEBATED IN KANSAS, MISSOURI

Where there’s smoke, there’s friction. Even in the heartland. ...[full story]

ST. LOUIS, SARASOTA GO TO DOGS

We don't mean to resist certain kinds of news stories, but doesn't all this doggie dining business seem just a little silly?....[full story]

MONTANA

NEBRASKA
TROUBLE STARTS WITH "T," RHYMES WITH "P" THAT STANDS FOR POOL
A restaurant with pool tables, or a pool hall with food? The billiards are flying in Nebraska. Or were....[full story]

NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW HAMPSHIRE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION WON'T OPPOSE ANTI-SMOKING BILL
Yes, the passionate "Live Free or Die" state is sort of burned out on the smoking topic....[full story]

N.H. BILL SAYS ‘LIVE ALLERGEN-FREE OR DIE’

A proposed law requires operators to post information—and customers to take responsibility. ...
[full story]

SHADES OF FOOTLOOSE: CITY BARS DANCING IN RESTAURANT

Well now, see, if your restaurant's patrons are so happy they set to dancing, maybe you're not really a restaurant after all. ...[full story]

SPRINKLER REG REIGNS ON N.H. BARS, NIGHTCLUBS

Yes, the "Live Free Or Die" state is implementing fire regs to keep people living free.... full story

NEW JERSEY
ATLANTIC CITY BAN MAY SPELL END OF SMOKING IN CASINOS
What's next? Sign a waiver to drink while gaming? ....[full story]

ATLANTIC CITY REVIEWS CASINO SMOKING

What are the odds guests will be able to smoke in Atlantic City casinos? About 5-4, apparently. ...[full story]

CAMDEN, LAWRENCE RETHINKING RESTAURANT CURFEWS

Can you stay open late, or not? That's the question in two eastern towns that seemingly had already answered it....[full story]

GREASE TRAPS SPUR LOCAL ORDINANCES
Maywood, N.J., and Stockton, Calif., aren't standing for sewer backups any more. ...[full story]

N.J. AG DEPARTMENT BEATS LEGISLATORS TO PUNCH ON JUNK FOOD BAN
In fast-paced East Coast politics, you snooze, you lose....[full story]

N.J. SENATE PUSHES CALORIE POSTING TOWARD VOTE

Herding cats comes to mind. Yet another state won't hold its breath waiting for federal action. ...
[full story]

N.J. TOWN TO USE RESTAURANT GREASE AS BIOFUEL

Chitty, chitty, bada bing: Westwood hopes restaurants will donate waste to fuel its trucks. ...[full story]

NEW JERSEY MAY ADOPT LEFT COAST ENERGY STANDARDS

A proposed New Jersey bill mandating energy standards will impact, among many other things, refrigeration..... full story

NEW JERSEY UPDATING ITS FOOD CODE
Eh, no more bare hands on ready-to-eat food. Plus, get somebody at each operation certified as a food protection manager....[full story]

NEW JERSEY'S NEW FOOD CODE FINALLY NODS TO FDA
New Jersey, not that it ever encouraged dirty hands, throws in the towel and falls in line with FDA guidelines....[full story]

TRANS FAT THE NEW TOBACCO; MORE LAWS IN WORKS
With cigarettes and trans fats out, pretty soon we could start the jumping jacks....[full story]

WORCESTER SEES THROUGH FOG; MANALAPAN NOW IN IT

Okay, so maybe a grease trap under a mop sink was a bit much. ...[full story]

NEW MEXICO
MORE SMOKING BANS IN EFFECT OR CONSIDERED
Yes, smoking bans are so yesterday. But we still write up some of 'em—especially where big populations are involved....[full story]

N.M. TELLS COMMITTEE "YOU RULE" ON SCHOOL FOOD
New Mexico legislators had no rules about school nutrition. They're on it now....[full story]

NEW MEXICO EQUIPMENT CERT DEADLINE LOOMS

Have non-certified kitchen equipment? Figure less than six months to get squared away.... full story

NEW MEXICO WATER COSTS MORE COMING AND GOING

Funny thing about deserts: They’re flood prone. And flood control is expensive.... full story

NEW YORK
BIG APPLE FAT FIGHT: ROUND 2

In Round 1, an obviously unequal proposed law was knocked flat in court. Now a new one takes a shot. ...[full story]

CLARIFICATION: N.Y. MANDATES CPR EQUIPMENT FOR OPS
In case you, like many New Yorkers, didn't know, the Empire State now requires certain resuscitation equipment....[full story]

...JUST IN TIME AS MAINE, OTHERS, WHIP UP RULES. ...
Not content to sit still while D.C. dithers, localities are still pushing calorie-counting legislation of their own.   ...[full story]

LAWSUIT STALLS NYC MENU BOARD MAKEOVER

New York's plan to hurt only restaurants that volunteer to do the right thing has hit a snag. What are YOU lookin' at? .....[full story]

MENU CALORIE LISTING SPREADS BEYOND NYC

What's good for the stylish NYC goose might just do the trick for the dapper Westchester gander, too. ...[full story]

MENU FIGHT PITS NYC COUNCIL AGAINST HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Should you have to list your nutritional data on the menu? Or somewhere else?....[full story]

MORE CITIES, CHAINS JUMP ON TRANS FAT BANDWAGON

Once science knows something is bad, using it gets tricky, legally speaking....[full story]

NYC CALORIE COPS CUT LOOSE; S.F. RESTAURANTS FIGHT SIMILAR LAW THERE

The citations are flying now in New York, but as Yogi Berra might say, it ain't over 'til it's over in San Francisco. ...[full story]

NYC CALORIE POLICE SHAKING UP MORE THAN QSRS

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when the Law of Unintended Consequences starts spinning webs. ...[full story]

NYC CALORIE-POSTING LAW TOSSED, BUT CALIFORNIA PAVES WAY FOR OTHERS

New York City's law wasn't fair. California's is. Duh. ...[full story]

NYC EXPANDS ONLINE INSPECTION RATINGS
Eh, howya doon? The Big Apple's newly expanded online inspection reports now list even your minor dings....[full story]

NYC INVITES COMMENTS ON PROPOSED IFC-BASED FIRE CODE

After nearly a hundred years of minor add-ons, New York considers a major overhaul of its fire code. ...[full story]

NYC RESTAURANTS GET CALORIE-POSTING REPRIEVE; GEORGIA PREEMPTS ATTEMPTS

Pardon our editorializing, but this "As The Menu-Board Turns" soap opera is getting silly. ...
[full story]

NYC REVAMPS MENU LABELING PROPOSAL

Noo Yawkers don't quit. They just revise and resubmit. ...[full story]

NYC SAYS GAS HEATERS OKAY FOR PATIOS

Global warming's bad. But patio warming is okay—as long as it's not propane. ...[full story]

NYC SETS VOLUNTARY TARGETS FOR REDUCING SODIUM

Tired of citizens retaining water and having high blood pressure, New Yawk is urging operators to cut the sodium. ...[full story]

NYC TIGHTENS UP ON RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS

Let's just say this: If your operation isn't exactly the sharpest blade on the cutting board, a new plan arranges for inspectors to sharpen you a lot more often. ...[full story]

NYC TO RESTAURATEURS: MAKE THE GRADE

If reading numerical health-department scores were too tedious, maybe a boldfaced letter-grade will be better. ...[full story]

NYC: TRANS FAT OUT, CALORIE COUNTS IN

In two months flat, Noo Yawkers went from proposal to law: The trans fat ban's a done deal....
[full story]

NYC WON'T WAIT FOR CHAINS TO DROP TRANS FATS
New York, where everything's fast, figures chains have had enough time....[full story]

N.Y. SENATOR WANTS LETTER GRADES FOR RESTAURANTS

Sometimes people appear to lead when really they're just trying to avoid getting run over by the crowd. This might be one of those times....[full story]

NEW YORK CITY COUNTS CALORIES WITH NEW RULE

If at first you don't succeed, go back and rewrite the ordinance on posting calorie counts. ...
[full story]

NEW YORK EXTENDS ENERGY-EFFICIENCY INCENTIVES

Yes, big rebates for qualified equipment models now go through this time next year! ...[full story]

N.Y. GOVERNOR PROPOSES STATEWIDE MENU LABELING

Picture the New York City labeling law. Then go statewide, and add c-store and grocery chains. ...[full story]

NYRA NOT BLINKING IN CALORIE-POSTING FIGHT

Remember heavyweights Frazier and Ali in the "Thrilla in Manila"? This is like that, but with suits and briefcases. Sort of. ...[full story]

ROCKLAND, N.Y., TACKLES LADIES-ROOM SHORTAGES

Sometimes "equal" isn't really equal. ...[full story]

SIDEWALK CAFES FACE NEW FEES IN HAMPTONS

Maybe Southampton operators with outdoor seating can make it up in volume. But a proposal for enormous fee hikes looks like a grab for new revenues in tough times. ...[full story]

STATES STEP UP ALLERGY AWARENESS

New law in Massachusetts will hold operators responsible for providing menu-allergy information. ...[full story]

...WHILE COURT UPHOLDS NYC'S RULE...

A battle that's gone on seemingly forever might really be over. ...[full story]

YES, STILL MORE HEALTH DEPARTENTS PUT REPORTS ONLINE

If you're keeping a running list, here ya go....[full story]

NORTH CAROLINA
BASTIONS OF TOBACCO FALLING TO SMOKING BANS
Turkey, home of the hookah and "Turkish blend," France, and now even Thailand are kicking the
habit, at least in public places. ...[full story]

CHARLOTTE, OGDEN LIMIT VENDOR TRUCKS, CARTS

Yes, Bob, today's quiz-show category is "Things With Wheels". ...[full story]

MORE TOWNS LEGISLATE THEIR WAY OUT OF FOG

A couple more towns have passed anti-Fats-Oils-Grease ordinances—Rialto, Calif., and Currituck, N.C. ...[full story]

MORE TOWNS TRY TO CUT THROUGH FOG
Three more cities post new requirements. ...[full story]

MORE TOWNS SAY GREASE TRAPS THE WAY OUT OF FOG
If you're putting pins in a map, better check your supply. This FOG thing keeps spreading. ...
[full story]

N.C. TOWN OFFERS INCENTIVE TO CUT FOG
Salisbury, N.C., is offering grants to grease the transition to grease traps and interceptors. ...
[full story]

NORTH CAROLINA BARS, RESTAURANTS ADAPTING TO NEW RECYCLING LAW
Ooookay. You gotta recycle glass, aluminum, paper and plastic now. Even if you can't locate a recycling center. ...[full story]

NORTH CAROLINA CHANGES INSPECTION FREQUENCY
No threat, no problem. If your menu lends itself to safety issues, you'll see inspectors more often. ...[full story]

NORTH CAROLINA, MICHIGAN JOIN LIST OF SMOKE-FREE STATES
Two states join the list, bringing the total to 37. ...[full story]

NORTH CAROLINA TURNS BACK CODE CHANGE
Small restaurants get a break on what would have been a costly change....[full story]

RALEIGH DUMPS DISPOSER BAN IN GARBAGE

About a month after passing a disposer ban, Raleigh, N.C., chucks the ruling on advice of experts from Purdue and New York City. ...[full story]

SURF CITY IMPLEMENTS FOG LAW TO KEEP SURF DOWN

Surf City, N.C., doesn't want anybody shooting a sewer-overflow curl. ...[full story]

TACO-TRUCK BATTLES HEATING UP COAST TO COAST

And in Los Angeles, taco-truckers are hunkering down. ...[full story]

TOUGHER RULES ON SIGNS A SIGN OF THE TIMES?
In some areas, attention-grabbing signage is grabbing the attention of local regulators. ...[full story]

TOWNS IN NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO HURRY TOWARD FOG RULES
The tempo's picking up on fats, oils and grease regulation. ...[full story]

TWO MORE CITIES EYE GREASE-TRAP LAWS
Willmar, Minn., and Stantonsburg, N.C., won't stand for FOG in their water. ...[full story]

WATER WOES SPREADING ON BOTH COASTS

Last issue, we jested about restrictions spreading to dishrooms some day. This issue, we're not jesting. ...[full story]

WESTCHESTER WEIGHS IN ON CALORIE COUNTS—IT'S A YES

After a year of kicking and hair-pulling, Westchester County, N.Y., lawmakers vote to require calorie counts on menus. ...[full story]

NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO
CLEVELAND CODE COMPLIANCE GOES ONLINE

From now on, Cleveland operators will have their health-inspection results on the Internet for all to see. ...[full story]

COUNTY FOG LAW COULD COST YOU $10K PER DAY

The world's largest Amish community has dropped the hammer on fats, oils and grease in the water system. ...[full story]

OHIO LATEST TO BAR OBESITY LAWSUITS

The ranks of states against obesity lawsuits are, uh, swelling.... full story

OHIO RESTRICTS POS PRINTOUT DATA
If you use POS printers for electronic credit transactions in Ohio... full story

THREE STATES PASS 'MERLOT-TO-GO' LAWS
Kansas, Ohio and Rhode Island join states saying you can take it with you. Just don't start driving "Sideways."....[full story]

THREE TRIES AND FOG'S IN, NOT OUT

After balking at overly ambitious proposals, Zanesville, Ohio, passes a less expensive version of a new Fats-Oils-Grease law. ...[full story]

TOWNS IN NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO HURRY TOWARD FOG RULES

The tempo's picking up on fats, oils and grease regulation. ...[full story]

YES, STILL MORE HEALTH DEPARTENTS PUT REPORTS ONLINE

If you're keeping a running list, here ya go....[full story]

OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA, INDIANA CONSIDER TEETH IN SMOKING BILLS
Oklahoma wants to add some choppers to its law; Indiana wants to yank a few. ...[full story]

OKLAHOMA MULLS FOOD CODE CHANGES
Is OK's code okay? A council plans to complete its review by June....[full story]

OREGON
COFFEE SHOPS NEED GREASE TRAPS, CITY SAYS

A town near Portland, Ore., is convinced bakery crumbs, coffee beans and milk create FOG. So now the bet's on. ...[full story]

CALORIE COUNTS ON MENU IN OREGON; CONNECTICUT NEXT?

If we drag our feet a little longer, every state and town will have its own labeling requirements before the federal one gets done. ...[full story]

GREASE, THE SEQUEL, PLAYS OUT IN MILWAUKIE

Wherein city council members find out that no good deed goes unpunished. ...[full story]

OREGON LAWMAKER: DOGS NOT JUST FOR PATIOS

If you've ever caught a whiff of a dog that's been out in a rainstorm, you might disagree with Mr. Clem....[full story]

OREGON OFFERS RECOURSE IN DISPUTES
Dealings between health inspectors and foodservice operators can occasionally be prickly...
full story

OREGON'S REEFERS JUST GOT COLDER
As of Jan. 1, the coolers have to be, well, cooler....[full story]

PORTLAND BUSINESSES SURPRISE COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF CHAINS
Hey, maybe well-known, strong brands can help draw traffic and dollars into a historic downtown....[full story]

PENNSYLVANIA
GALVANIZED HOODS GET REPRIEVE IN PENNSYLVANIA

If you’re an operator with an existing galvanized hood in Pennsylvania, you’re off the hook. Again. For now.... full story

PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR BOOSTS A BOOST IN MINIMUM WAGE
A proposed $2 increase in the minimum wage could pass this year, with the Pennsylvania governor’s full support. ...[full story]

PENNSYLVANIA REQUIRES CERTIFIED FOOD HANDLERS
On July 1 Pennsylvania joined the growing ranks of states requiring at least one safety-certified supervisor.... full story

PENNSYLVANIA RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS TO GET OVERHAUL
The state's Auditor General sniffed out restaurants getting renewals without inspections, and, well, that's the end of that....[full story]

PHILADELPHIA'S MENU BOARDS FILL UP

And so do its printed menus—with everything from calories to fat, sodium and carb counts. ...
[full story]

PHILLY, BISMARCK POST RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS ONLINE
You can run, but you're running out of places to hide. Two more cities join the online-snitchery bandwagon....[full story]

PHILLY, CALIFORNIA MULL CALORIE POSTING AFTER NEW YORK RULING

With a higher precedent in position, the form of future laws looks pretty clear. ...[full story]

PHILLY HEALTH COMMISH SAYS CITY SHORT INSPECTORS

The FDA's "recommendations" just aren't realistic in some cities....[full story]

PHILLY, PITTSBURGH DEBATE CAFÉ' RULES

Curbside or inches from the building? Figuring out the legally acceptable placement of outdoor café set-ups proves difficult. ...[full story]

PHILLY SAYS YOU CAN GET INFO WITH THAT ORDER

You might pay extra for fries with the cheesesteak. But you'll get the calorie information for free. ...[full story]

PROPOSED PENNSYLVANIA LAW COULD INHIBIT DEALERS, CONSULTANTS

This same kind of law turned into a mess in Florida, hello? ...[full story]

SMOKERS WIN IN TOBACCO COUNTRY, LOSE ELSEWHERE

Tobacco's goose is cooked, it's up in smoke, it's kaput, stick a fork in it—except where jobs are at stake....[full story]

TRANS FAT THE NEW TOBACCO; MORE LAWS IN WORKS
With cigarettes and trans fats out, pretty soon we could start the jumping jacks....[full story]

RHODE ISLAND
COURT REPRIEVES OUTDOOR DINING IN PROVIDENCE

Rhode Island courts are still wrestling with what to do about summer patio service....[full story]

RHODE ISLAND CLARIFIES, MODIFIES NEW SPRINKLER REQUIREMENTS
Rhode Island’s tough new stance on sprinkler regulations caused confusion—so a new version’s been passed.... full story

RHODE ISLAND INSPECTIONS GO HIGH-TECH
If you’re doing business in Rhode Island, you’ll soon be seeing state health inspectors going digital.... full story

RHODE ISLAND, NSF PARTNER ON INSPECTION PLAN

Eight inspectors covering 8,000 restaurants just isn't enough. ...[full story]

R.I. BUSINESSES WANT TO CHANGE FIRE CODE

Rhode Island, which led the rush to tighter fire codes, is having second thoughts....[full story]

SMOKING BANS SPREADING—TODAY, RHODE ISLAND, TOMORROW...THE NATION?
The expression, "Smoke ’em if you got ’em" might be fading fast.... full story

THREE STATES PASS 'MERLOT-TO-GO' LAWS
Kansas, Ohio and Rhode Island join states saying you can take it with you. Just don't start driving "Sideways."....[full story]

TRANS FAT OUT, OFF TABLE AND DISMISSED

More news on trans fat, which is about as popular as Michael Moore at a Republican convention these days....[full story]

SOUTH CAROLINA
IN TOUGH TIMES, CHARLESTON LOOSENS RULES

What an idea—easing up on the golden goose instead of choking its goosey neck ...[full story]

S.C. VOTERS ORDER LIQUOR LAW SHAKEN AND STIRRED

If you serve liquor in South Carolina, you’ll be happy to hear that minibottles are soon to be a thing of the past. ... full story

SOUTH CAROLINA INSPECTION FORM ROLLS OUT TO ENTIRE STATE
South Carolina hopes to deliver a one-two punch to foodborne illness with risk-based inspections designed to find solutions....[full story]

SOUTH CAROLINA MULLS NEW SPRINKLER REQUIREMENTS

After a spate of deadly fires, officials are reevaluating. ...[full story]

SOUTH CAROLINA SAYS OKAY TO RARE BURGERS
With global warming and mercury in landfills, a pink burger doesn't seem like such a big deal....
[full story]

SOUTH CAROLINA TO ADOPT ICC CODES
South Carolina starts the new year with an updated building code.... full story

SOUTH DAKOTA
PHILLY, BISMARCK POST RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS ONLINE
You can run, but you're running out of places to hide. Two more cities join the online-snitchery bandwagon....[full story]

TENNESSEE
CALORIE-POSTING SPREADING TO NATION'S MIDSECTION

Nashville, Tenn., is hanging over its belt buckle a little, and enough is enough. ...[full story]

FAIR FRANCHISING LAWS PROPOSED IN KANSAS, TENNESSEE

Fair is good. But these things deserve consideration. One group is already mapping and comparing legal bits....[full story]

MORE TOWNS LEGISLATE THEIR WAY OUT OF FOG

Like the Energizer Bunny, this topic just keeps going and going. ...[full story]

NASHVILLE A STEP CLOSER TO MENU LABELING

The lawyers have given a thumbs-up, and a vote is coming soon. ...[full story]

STRICT SIGN LAWS SIGN OF THE TIMES
Proposed signage regs in Columbia, Tenn., would still let you have a sign. Just not one that gives you an advantage....[full story]

TVA MULLS TIME-OF-USE ENERGY PRICING
Icemaking. Slow cooking. Think of the energy usage you might move off peak to cut utility bills....[full story]

TEXAS
AUSTIN RESTAURANT PATIOS GO TO THE DOGS
Roy Rogers ate outside with Bullet. You remember Roy Rogers and his dog, don't you? The cowboy? Hello?....[full story]

CITY TAKES CALORIE COUNTING OFF TABLE IF HEALTHIER MENUS PUT ON
San Antonio says labeling might not be needed if operators voluntarily clean up their menu items. ...[full story]

DALLAS MIGHT JOIN DOGGIE DINING TREND
Sorta makes you wonder how much business the industry's been losing, doesn't it? No?....[full story]

DALLAS RESTAURANTS GET NEW FOOD CODE
If you're running foodservice ops in Dallas, hang on. This is a different bull, and the chute has just opened....[full story]

DALLAS RESTAURANTS MAY HAVE TO POST INSPECTION SCORES

The Dallas Health Department may require restaurants to post inspection ratings, report-card style... full story

DALLAS RULES MAKE DOGGIE DINING DOGGONE TOUGH

By the time you and Rover jump through the hoops, neither of you feels like eating....[full story]

FOG CRACKDOWNS SPREADING

Some things just don't make people laugh anymore—Rodney King jokes and tasers come to mind—and you can put sewer overflows on that list too. ...[full story]

NO MORE TURKISH BLEND IN TURKEY OR GAULOISES IN GALVESTON

Even in Istanbul it's time to put down the hookah in public places. ...[full story]

HOUSTON, SACRAMENTO LET CONSUMERS SEE HOW RESTAURANTS FARE
When you get tagged for a violation, your customers will be able to look up the details....[full story]

HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT HANDHELDS
Soon Houston’s health inspectors will show up armed with the latest gadgetry for logging and looking up everything... full story

MORE CITIES NOW IN FOG

As water quality issues float to the top, so do fats, oils and grease problems. ...[full story]

MORE TOWNS TRY TO CUT THROUGH FOG

Three more cities post new requirements. ...[full story]

NEW CODES FOR TEXAS-BOUND PREFABS

If prefab restaurants are your game, and Texas your playing field, be aware that... full story

SAN ANTONIO HOLDS OFF ON CHAIN BAN
The city doesn't want chain-ification diluting the local flavor of its famed River Walk. But it's holding another hearing before voting....[full story]

SAN ANTONIO MAYOR'S PLAN WOULD BAN CHAINS
Citizens petition to preserve some local character in the city's centerpiece River Walk....[full story]

AND SAN JOSE BORROWS PAGE FROM L.A. IN OBESITY WAR

Fat neighborhoods are not phat in L.A. And now San Jose is considering a similar QSR ban for its entire city. ...[full story]

TEXARKANA HEALTH CENTER STARTS GRADING RESTAURANTS

Blow your inspection in Texarkana, Texas, and people are going to see it on the Internet.... [full story]

TEXAS APPROVES ONLINE FOOD SAFETY COURSE
Texas food-safety rangers now can get their badges online.... [full story]

TEXAS FOOD CODE CHANGES UP FOR COMMENT
Proposed changes impact hot and cold holding temps, gloves, handwashing and more....[full story]

TEXAS SCHOOLS A NO FRY ZONE
A new state policy nixes frying and fryers.... full story

TEXAS TO FLUSH OLD TOILET STANDARDS

Yes, hats might be of the 10-gallon variety. But not flushes. ...[full story]

TEXAS TO TRY TRIMMING TRANS FAT

Just about everything in Texas is big. But nobody wants an overhang above a belt buckle. ...
[full story]

TEXAS TOWN SAYS 'HASTA LA VISTA' TO SMOKING

The Marlboro Man's been run out of Nacogdoches, but he's hangin' on in Amarillo. ...[full story]

TRANS FAT TO GO ON DIET IN TEXAS, MAINE

Texas has tweaked its original proposal. And Maine joins the gang-tackle on trans fat, too. ...
[full story]

UTAH
CHARLOTTE, OGDEN LIMIT VENDOR TRUCKS, CARTS

Yes, Bob, today's quiz-show category is "Things With Wheels". ...[full story]

NEW UTAH BAR LAWS A GOOD-NEWS-BAD-NEWS STORY

Who knew there'd be a shortage of licenses to be had? ...[full story]

UTAH COUNTY PUTS ON THE GLOVES

The gloves-vs.-washing debate rages on, but customer perceptions have driven the Utah County Board of Health to require... full story

UTAH RELAXES BAR LAWS

It took a while, but representatives from the hospitality industry and the Church of Latter Day Saints finally worked out a compromise with Utah legislators. ...[full story]

VERMONT
CALIFORNIA, VERMONT GET THE LEAD OUT
Two states now require virtually lead-free plumbing for water consumed by humans, and UL announces a certification service. ...[full story]

CALIFORNIA, VERMONT LIMITING LEAD IN PIPES
Laws limiting lead contact with drinking water have been in the, er, pipeline for a while. Effective dates are coming soon. ...[full story]

VIRGINIA
CULPEPER TO CHARGE FEES FOR NEW FOG LICENSES
Culpeper, Va., is raising money to fight FOG. ...[full story]

MORE SMOKING BANS IN EFFECT OR CONSIDERED
Yes, smoking bans are so yesterday. But we still write up some of 'em—especially where big populations are involved....[full story]

RICHMOND, VA., PUTS SQUEEZE 0N WATER USE
Even-odd days for even-odd street addresses. And more water-washing driveways and parking lots.Plus some oddly complicated calculations. ...[full story]

TWO MORE CITIES SAY NO TO FOG
Cities in Virginia and California join the coast-to-coast movement. ...[full story]

VIRGINIA PONDERS TRACKING GREASE HANDLERS

Revenue: Amid proposed new meal taxes, Virginia also considers fining unregistered grease handlers. But wait. That involves requiring registration in the first place. ...[full story]

VIRGINIA SLIMS SMOKERS' OPPORTUNITIES
You can grow fields full of tobacco. You just can't smoke it. ...[full story]

WISCONSIN, VIRGINIA, COUNTY IN KENTUCKY STEP CLOSER TO SMOKING BANS
The trickle has become a torrent, and now entire states are routinely legislating smoking limits....[full story]

YOUR MAMA CAN'T DANCE, BUT YOUR DADDY CAN ROCK AND ROLL

Police in Midlothian, Va., get some weird calls from restaurant-bars. ...[full story]

WASHINGTON D.C.
DOE FINALLY MOVES ON NEW APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS

You might think a thing called the Department of Energy would regulate energy consumption. But then, you ain't from around D.C., are ya?....[full story]

DOGGIE BAGS STILL OKAY IN D.C.

The “paper or plastic?” quandary survives multiple efforts at legalese. ...[full story]

FOOD-SAFETY BILL FOMENTS FOOD FIGHT IN D.C

Everybody likes food safety. Regulation, not so much. Especially if it costs money. ...[full story]

WASHINGTON
CLOCK TICKING IN SEATTLE FOR POLYSTYRENE TAKE-OUT MATERIALS
Jan. 1, the jig was up for polystyrene take-out materials. Except for some issues with melty utensils. ...[full story]

DRY SUMMER AHEAD FOR WASHINGTON STATE
Water’s extremely low. Better start planning for rationing, just in case.... full story

GREASE TRAP RULE CATCHES RESTAURANTS OFF GUARD

What do you MEAN he doesn’t need a trap but I do? Restaurateurs in Bremerton, Wash.... full story

LEAVE YOUR SMOKES AT HOME IN WASHINGTON
We don't want to leap to conclusions, but the 10th state to ban smoking in all restaurants and bars makes us suspect a pattern is emerging....[full story]

MORE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS PUT INSPECTIONS ONLINE
It's getting harder and harder to bury a bad health department inspection....[full story]

MORE TOWNS WORK TO LIFT FOG
If you have a sense of déjà vu reading about Fats-Oils-Grease ordinances, you're not alone. ...
[full story]

SEATTLE BANS TRANS FAT, CALGARY CONSIDERS IT, CHAINS DUMP IT
Does this vat make me look fat?....[full story]

SEATTLE MAYOR WANTS MORE SIDEWALK SEATING
Yes, the mayor himself thinks outdoor seating shouldn't be so darned hard to find. ...[full story]

SEATTLE OKAYS SIDEWALK CAFES—JUST IN TIME FOR WINTER
We love sidewalk cafes. But the next several months might be slow. ...[full story]

SPOKANE JAVA STANDS FACE TEMPEST IN ESPRESSO CUP
Water and sewer hook-ups are no longer optional for permanent espresso stand operators. ... full story

WASHINGTON'S NEW FOOD CODE KICKS IN
A bunch of changes took hold May 2.... [full story]

WASHINGTON STATE READIES ENERGY BILL
Yes, the trend toward requiring energy fitness marches on.... full story

WASHINGTON STATE’S NEW FOOD CODE MAY MEAN CAPITAL OUTLAYS
If you’re running older refrigeration in Washington State, you might want to start tweaking your replacement budgets.... full story

...WHILE LEFT COAST GROUP SUPPORTS STATEWIDE PROPOSAL

If Washington State can't decide between two proposals, it might settle for creating a task force. ...[full story]

WEST VIRGINIA
CALORIE POSTING PROBABLE IN ONTARIO, OFF IN W.V., VOLUNTARY IN U.K.
Calorie-posting rules are coming so hot and heavy now, we need to start stacking two and three per story. ...[full story]

MORE SMOKING BANS IN THE WORKS
Let's face it. Smoking's done. Stick a fork in it....[full story]

W.VA. ADOPTS NFPA FIRE, LIFE SAFETY CODES
If you've got buildings in West Virginia, you have some new codes to meet as of a couple weeks ago....[full story]

WEST VIRGINIANS MIXED ON SMOKING BANS; NORTH DAKOTANS CLEAR THE AIR ALMOST ENTIRELY
Businesses in Wheeling, W.Va., are still battling the local health department....[full story]

WISCONSIN
BACKLASH STARTS AGAINST WISCONSIN PUSH FOR COUNTY INSPECTIONS
Ozaukee County, Wis., is thumbs-down on the state’s proposal to transfer responsibility.... full story

BEER CAPITAL OF AMERICA NIXES PUBLIC-AREA SMOKING
Beer-mecca Wisconsin bans smoking in bars among other places. But nobody's messing with the Bratwursts. ...[full story]

INDIANA, WISCONSIN ADOPT NEW FOOD CODES
Hot-food holding temps, handwashing water temps and more ... full story

MILWAUKIE PASSES FOG LAW BUT GIVES COFFEE SHOPS A BREAK

It all makes sense, really. ...[full story]

MILWAUKEE PUTS INSPECTION RESULTS ON WEB

Add another major city to the growing list....[full story]

WISCONSIN LOOKING TO GET OUT OF HEALTH INSPECTION BIZ
Who will inspect, and who will pay? Things will eventually change in Wisconsin.... full story

WISCONSIN, VIRGINIA, COUNTY IN KENTUCKY STEP CLOSER TO SMOKING BANS

The trickle has become a torrent, and now entire states are routinely legislating smoking limits....[full story]



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