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State far behind in food inspections

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New York’s food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesale bakeries and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections, state auditors reported Thursday. The backlog allowed 439 new establishments to open for business without a required initial inspection, the state Comptroller’s Office said in the audit report. “Food safety is critical for the health and well-being of New Yorkers, but the Department of Agriculture and Markets is quickly falling behind in ...

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