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Salad Vending Machines Are Restaurants, Health Department Decrees

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‘A’ for effort

A Chicago-based food startup called Farmer’s Fridge — which stocks wood-paneled vending machines with fresh salads and the like — must treat its machines as restaurants in miniature, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has determined. Farmer’s Fridge recently shut down all 55 of its machines in New York, which occupy hospitals and office lobbies with a goal to provide fresh food where it might otherwise be hard to come by.

But prepared food and salad greens come with a higher risk of food-borne illness, the department emphasizes. “The Health Department worked with Farmer’s Fridge to be sure their equipment would hold food at safe temperatures, and that foods were properly labeled and from approved sources,” the department told the Times. Farmer’s Fridge says it already takes careful temperature readings and uses software that won’t dispense expired goods. But they cooperated with the regulation effort, and now the company will pay the standard restaurant price of $280 per inspection to receive a letter grade on each machine — though regulators will suspend some conventions, like requirements for a bathroom.

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