Regs could require sushi spots in NYC to use frozen fish

Rules on the handling of raw fish in New York City could soon be changing and it could affect sushi restaurants.

The city health department wants to require all raw fish used for sushi to be kept frozen until it is served.

The rule would be meant to prevent parasites.

But restaurant owners are upset. They say the rules will require them to purchase expensive new freezers. Owners of small restaurants say they can't afford that.

"This is a solution in search of a problem,” commented Chris Hickey, NYC Regional Director for the New York State Restaurant Association. “No cases have been reported that warrant adoption of this rule.”

The proposed rules also say that if the fish is purchased frozen, restaurants would be required to get a statement from their supplier.

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