Food Safety Violations at Nassau County Restaurants

Looking for a restaurant to spend your next date night or birthday but don’t want to worry about inadvertently eating mouse droppings or pulling the chef’s hair out of your salad? Check out this map labeling all Nassau County-based restaurants with critical violations from the past few years.

The Nassau County Department of Health issues fines for violations of all different levels. Critical violations are those that address when the state of a restaurant could lead to the unhealthy consumption of food.

According to data procured from the New York Department of Health, restaurants all around Nassau County have received critical violations. One of the most startling violations seen at a few restaurants is item 4a, improper labeling of toxic chemicals which could lead to contamination of food.

Cross contamination seems to be one of the biggest risks in the food industry as it could lead to allergy attacks, food poisoning and other such undesirable occurrences. Restaurants all across Nassau County were fined for a violation involving the possibility of cross contamination.

The map contains the name of restaurant, type of violation and a description of why the location received that grade. To find a list of restaurants forced to closed by the Nassau County Department of Health click here.

While there are over 400 restaurants in the areas surrounding Hofstra University, many students may be surprised to find that the University itself has some food violations. On campus, three places had at least one critical violation: Bits & Bytes, The Netherlands and Sbarro.

The common violation is Item 15A, which states that foods are not being kept at or below 45 degrees during cold holding. This is unsanitary and can lead to food-borne illnesses to contaminate the food that is being served to students.

For Bits & Bytes and The Netherlands, an additional critical violation is Item 5E, which states that, “enough refrigerated storage equipment is not present, properly designed, maintained or operated so that all potentially hazardous foods are cooled properly and stored below 45 degrees as required.”

For Sbarro, the second critical violation is Item 6B, which states that, “enough hot holding equipment is not present, properly designed, maintained and operated to keep hot foods above 140 degrees.” In these places, the food that Hofstra University is serving to the students may be contaminated with food-borne illnesses and could result in the hospitalization of students.

Other violations, while not critical, are still worrisome to students. The most common among the other violations is Item 12E, which specifies that, “hot, cold running water not provided, pressure inadequate.” This could lead to food not being properly cleaned, as well as employees’ hands not being properly washed. 

Additional reporting by Alexandra Firmbach