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Health and Nutrition

RAMW believes that restaurants play a large role in healthful choices and increased quality of life for residents of and visitors to the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. According to the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot in 2013 Survey” healthy kids meals and nutrition will help lead menu trends in 2013. Several RAMW members are active participants in the NRA’s Kids LiveWell Program.

Recently, new laws have been introduced at the state and national level, including sugary drink bans and menu labeling practices, which reinforce this trend but which RAMW believes creates unnecessary burdens on restaurant operators.


NYT: Even the A Students Sometimes Break Health Rules

February 29, 2012
The New York Times Even the A Students Sometimes Break Health Rules February 28 2012 By GLENN COLLINS FOR Sushi Yasuda ,the exalted Midtown shrine to the pristine purity of raw sliced fish, posting anything less than the top grade of A from the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would seem like a skull and crossbones in the window. But every time they pick up a knife, the restaurant’s chefs ignore the health code and risk seven inspection points — halfway to a B grade — bypreparing food the way they believe it must be. They make sushi bare-handed (washing their...Read more

Health Inspection Grade Posting

February 1, 2011
RAMW Opposes Health Inspection Grade Posting Legislation Washington, DC (January 21, 2011) - Legislation was introduced in the Council of the District ofColumbia which would revamp the current health inspection regulations forrestaurants in Washington, DC. RAMW is opposed to this legislation – as we werewhen a version was introduced in 2009; that bill died in committee, as this oneshould. This legislation mandates a simplistic letter grading systemwith the grade posted in the restaurant’s front window. The process of healthinspections is a one-day snapshot that may or may not...Read more

Virginia Health Inspection Reporting

January 21, 2011
Janauary 21, 2011 - Letter Sent to Virginia Department of Health The following letter was sent to the Virginia Department of Health in response to a bill presented in the Virginia State Legislature. The bill, at this point, has been “passed by” in committee and will not move forward. Dear Gary, With the introduction of House Bill 1927, which mandates the posting of a restaurant’s latest inspection report in a prominent location, we feel compelled to reach out to the Virginia Department of Health and express our concern on behalf of our Northern Virginia members. The...Read more

RAMW Opposes Health Inspection Grade Posting Legislation

January 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2011 Contact: Candice Siegel Communications Director 202.331.5990 info@ramw.org Legislation was introduced in the Council of the District of Columbia which would revamp the current health inspection regulations for restaurants in Washington, DC. RAMW is opposed to this legislation – as we were when a version was introduced in 2009; that bill died in committee, as this one should. This legislation mandates a simplistic letter grading system with the grade posted in the restaurant’s front window. The process of health inspections is a one-day...Read more

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