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Change to Grading System for Restaurants Not Based on Science and Will Drastically Increase Permit Fees

Albuquerque faces increased inspection fees and a posted grading system if the mayor and city council pass proposed ordinance changes. NMRA asked the National Restaurant Association to review the changes and they had some serious concerns with the proposed legislation. Click on the link below for the full outline of their concerns.

NRA Comments on Proposed Albuquerque Health Ordinance

A similar measure was recently defeated in Orange County, California.


Contact the sponsor of the bill, Trudy Jones, at 768-3100 as well as the Mayor, Martin Chavez, at 768-3000 and let them know how these changes will affect your business. Every call counts. Right now they are hearing from citizens supporting this measure.

Attend the hearing on the ordinance scheduled for January 12, 2009 at 5:00 PM in the committee room on the 9th floor of Albuquerque’s City Hall.

If you think you might support this measure read on, and get more information on our website.


In case you are not from Albuquerque and think this is not your problem, be aware that NMRA is working with the state environment department and they are gearing up to support a grading system on a statewide basis. So give your big city brethren a hand and place your own calls to the Mayor and City Council.

The New Mexico Restaurant Association’s mission is to empower the food and beverage industry by promoting and protecting common values and interests. It has more than 1,000 members in 111 cities all over New Mexico, who join together for meetings, seminars and the hospitality industry awards to honor the industry’s top achievers. It has actively represented and promoted the food service industry in New Mexico since 1946.