Food handlers and food service workers in New York City are being asked to make homemade barbecue sauce in less than 30 minutes by the city’s mayor.
The new effort, which will be tested at restaurants this week, is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign to increase the city to its “predictable, healthy, and sustainable food supply.”
The mayor’s office has been working with restaurants to implement a system of pre-made barbecue sauce, but has not yet announced whether or not the effort will be rolled out nationwide.
The campaign has also worked with chefs and cooks to help get the campaign moving in a more public way.
“As a city, we have a responsibility to ensure that we are serving quality, affordable food to our residents and visitors, and to help ensure that our food supply is as safe as possible,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.
“The New York State Food Safety and Inspection Agency has identified more than 1,000 cases of foodborne illness in New Yorkers who had not been properly handled, and the food safety authorities are continuing to monitor the city.”
The campaign, which began earlier this month, has now reached restaurants in a total of nine neighborhoods across New York.
The city’s largest restaurant chains have pledged to use pre-sliced barbecue sauce to prepare their signature burgers, ribs, and wings, and will also be able to use the sauce for sauces, soups, and sauces made by other vendors.
It will also include a new website that will help restaurants learn about the new system and how to prepare it properly.
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