Now that you are thoroughly freaked out, here's how you can keep yourself safe moving forward.
Your city or state should have a Department of Health (of some sort). Most of these departments have a way for you to search their violations database online: let's hope your favorite restaurant isn't in there! (NYC's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides inspection results here
, for example.)
Don't get too
upset if your restaurant has a few violations: minor violations are fairly commonplace... you should be more worried by unusually large numbers of violations, or with "critical" and "serious" level violations.
To report a possible violation, contact your local Department of Health and ask to speak with the commissioner's office. In some cities, you can also report a problem by dialing 311.
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