The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that it is closing Bobo restaurant in the West Village of Manhattan as a result of finding 62 health violations during an inspection on Friday, August 12, 2011, earning the establishment a letter grade of C.

In its inspection report, the health department noted that it found flies, evidence of mice, and improperly washed surfaces that come in contact with food at the restaurant. 

During its last inspection earlier in the summer on June 3, 2011, Bobo received a warning from the health department after inspectors found 38 violations which included evidence of mice and cold foods being kept at temperatures that were too high. 

Since July 2010, the health department has required restaurants to post letter grades showing sanitary inspection results. Restaurants with a score between 0 and 13 points earn an A, those with 14 to 27 points receive a B and those with 28 or more a C. In addition, the health department explains that it immediately closes restaurants when the violations present a “public health hazard.”

Mice can certainly present a public health hazard as they are often carriers of a multitude of bacteria, including Salmonella.

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Claire received her J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law with a concentration in Energy and the Environment in May 2010. She received her B.A., majoring in English, from Villanova University, magna cum laude. During law school, Claire served as Articles Editor for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, was elected President of the Legal Emergency Aid Project and elected Treasurer of Hofstra Law Women. She is currently pursuing an LL.M. degree in Food and Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. In August 2010, Claire was selected as the recipient of the Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship, part of a new public/private partnership that will allow the University of Arkansas School of Law to partner with leaders in the food and agricultural legal communities. Although she began the LL.M. Program in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Claire is now living in Seattle in order to devote more time to her work at Marler Clark and is completing her LL.M. degree through distance learning. In addition to her academic and professional commitments, Claire blogs on Food Poison Journal and has been published in the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Update and the American Agricultural Law Association’s Update.