File #: Int 1176-2023    Version: * Name: Requiring third-party food delivery services and food service establishments to display sanitary inspection letter grades online.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Small Business
On agenda: 9/14/2023
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring third-party food delivery services and food service establishments to display sanitary inspection letter grades online
Sponsors: Farah N. Louis, Lincoln Restler, Amanda Farías, Lynn C. Schulman
Council Member Sponsors: 4
Summary: The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspects food service establishments for compliance with food safety rules at least once a year. These inspections result in the Department issuing a score, which corresponds to a letter grade. Food service establishments are required to post these grades in an area visible to passersby. However, consumers who purchase food or beverages online do not have access to such letter grades. This bill requires food service establishments and third-party food delivery services (such as Seamless or Grubhub) to post sanitary inspection grades on their websites or other online platforms.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1176, 2. Int. No. 1176, 3. September 14, 2023 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 9-14-23

Int. No. 1176

 

By Council Members Louis, Restler, Farías and Schulman

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring third-party food delivery services and food service establishments to display sanitary inspection letter grades online

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Section 20-563 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 117 for the year 2021, is amended by adding new definitions of “letter grade”, “menu” and “menu item” in alphabetical order to read as follows:

Letter grade. The term “letter grade” means the sanitary inspection grade issued by the department of health and mental hygiene pursuant to section 81.51 of the health code of the city of New York.

Menu. The term “menu” means a written list of the names or images of a food item or items and the prices of such items, that is the primary writing of a food service establishment from which a person makes an order selection.

Menu item. The term “menu item” means any food item that a customer may select for purchase from a food service establishment.

§ 2. Subchapter 36 of chapter 2 of title 20 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 20-563.14 to read as follows:

§ 20-563.14 Display of letter grades required. a. Every third-party food delivery service shall display the letter grade assigned to each food service establishment in a conspicuous manner to persons using such service. Such letter grade shall be displayed adjacent to the name of each food service establishment whenever such name appears on a list of food service establishments that can be selected by a person to make an online order. Such letter grade shall also be displayed conspicuously whenever the menu or menu items of a food service establishment are displayed for selection by persons using such service.

b. Every food service establishment that operates a website, mobile application or other internet service that offers or arranges for the sale of food and beverages prepared by, and the same-day delivery or same-day pickup of food and beverages from such food service establishment, shall conspicuously and prominently post its letter grade on such website, mobile application or other internet service.

c. The department may establish by rule additional requirements relating to the display of such letter grades.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 1 year after it becomes law.