Jackson catered Paterson Black History event when his restaurant lacked health inspection | Paterson Times

Jackson catered Paterson Black History event when his restaurant lacked health inspection


Councilman Michael Jackson handled catering for the annual Black History Month event held at City Hall in February despite his business, Jacksonville Restaurant, lacking required health inspection.

Jackson’s business did not have a valid health inspection for two years, municipal documents obtained through a records request show. Inspectors tried to conduct an inspection of his business in June 2018, August 2019, and October 2019 without success.

“This establishment has been closed (out of business),” reads an inspection report from June 2018. A second report from August 2019 says a “yellow” notice was left at the gate with a phone number for the owner to schedule an inspection. And a third report from October 2019 says the business’s entrance was locked.

Municipal officials controversially issued a $1,300 payment to Jacksonville Restaurant for catering services on Feb. 18. Jackson served as the chairman of the committee that put on the Black History Month celebration.

No one knew Jackson’s business did not have the “sanitary inspection” certificate. Why is it important? Health officials inspect restaurants to ensure businesses are following New Jersey State Sanitary Code. Inspectors check a list of more than 60 items to make sure a business is sanitary and its employees are following guidelines to avoid contamination to prevent foodborne illnesses.

When asked why he would serve food to people in the Black History event when his business lacked health inspection, Jackson said, “We have a long-standing track record of doing quality business in the city. No one ever has gotten sick. We have a very high standard of practice.”

Jackson is running for re-election in two weeks. Nakima Redmon and Mosleh Uddin are challenging the incumbent councilman for the 1st Ward seat.

“I’m surprised that he was catering without any kind of health inspection,” said Uddin. “That was irresponsible of him.”

Redmon declined to comment.

The Black History Month celebration was attended by approximately 75 people, many of whom consumed the food provided by Jackson’s restaurant.

Email: [email protected]

Related posts

  • John Brown

    i don't know who's worst Khalique or Jackson when it comes to following the laws.

  • Sarah

    Post something positive for once this paper is so messy

    • bigron

      It's the news baby girl. If you want positive read a children's book. Michael is a fraud. Happy to see this man exposed for what is is….

      • Sarah

        I don't even know who that is but sis this paper messy as fuck never post anything positive going on in the city and post false news never has all the info just straight to the public. So again this paper messy post some good news for once the whole city tired of this paper

        • John Brown

          LMAO what do you expect from paterson? Pull you head out of your ass. This is the shithole of a city we live in. Where blacks gets shot up by the cops while music is blastin in the backround. Everyone having a good time eating foodstamp birthday cake. Paid for by the taxpayers.

          • Sarah

            Clearly ya head in ya racist ass not on comment said black anything and here you go ….. stay on subject besides that all I see is white dope fiends walking around collecting a tax payer check to go smoke dope go clear some of them up why this paper don't talk about that all these white dope fiends

    • John

      Something positive in Paterson. LMAO

  • John

    This Mayor.and Florio will eliminate Jackson. Jackson you must give in or you will be taken out. You are.messing with them.