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No meat, No matter…

Vegetarian? Vegan? You’d really like to think you’re less susceptible to foodborne illness due to most recalls and media attention being animal-based. I get comments almost daily from people who mistakenly believe because they don’t consume animal proteins or fats that their dining choices are safe. Remember, 3 of the last 5 largest US recalls were due to vegetarian and/or vegan friendly products; Eggs, Peanuts and Spinach.
Additionally, just because a restaurant touts itself as vegetarian does not place it above the bar, especially when violations most likely to close an establishment are due to poor food safety practices. Foodborne illness carries no stigma over vegetarian, vegan, omnivore, or carnivore. Equally, safe food practices can significantly reduce the capability for viral, bacterial, toxin, chemical, or physical contamination regardless of where you consume a meal. We all need to be concerned and get involved. Case in point:

VEGETARIAN PARADISE VP2
144 WEST 4 STREET MANHATTAN 10012
212-260-7141

NYC’s new search is great to find restaurants, but not too friendly for me to link. If you don’t directly link to Vegetarian Paradise VP2, Click Here, and enter “Vegetarian Paradise” into the restaurant name field. You can also search via the Find Fetid Eats! map page.
Closed

Violations from 09/27/2010 Inspection
Tip! “Critical” violations are displayed in red.

Violation points: 71

Establishment Closed by DOHMH. Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.

Sanitary Violations
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
3) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
4) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
5) Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
6) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
7) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
8.) Food contact surface not properly maintained.
9) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.
10) Other general violation.

Administrative Violations
1) Permit not conspicuously displayed.

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