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Rulemaking: State Regulators Move to Adopt 2017 FDA Food Code

On May 13, 2019, the Division of Hotels and Restaurants proposed a pair of rules in order to adopt the 2017 U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Code. The move reflects positive progress on this issue, and is consistent with the Division’s report on its 2019 plans at the Hotels and Restaurants Advisory Council meeting in January.

The text of the notices is below.

61C-1.001: Definitions

PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule development is to revise the definitions to adopt the 2017 U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Code.

SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The proposed rule development will address the definition of Food Code and the version of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Code adopted by the division.

RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 509.032, FS.

LAW IMPLEMENTED: 509.032, FS.

IF REQUESTED IN WRITING AND NOT DEEMED UNNECESSARY BY THE AGENCY HEAD, A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE NOTICED IN THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER.

THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Cindy Ross, Division of Hotels and Restaurants, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 2601 Blair Stone Rd. Tallahassee, FL 32399-1001 DHR.Rules@myfloridalicense.com; (850)717-1268.

THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE FROM THE CONTACT PERSON LISTED ABOVE.

61C-4.023: Food Protection Manager Certification and Public Food Service Employee Training

PURPOSE AND EFFECT: To remove obsolete language that does not conform to the 2017 FDA Food Code.

SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Food protection manager requirements.

RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 509.032, 509.039, 509.049 FS.

LAW IMPLEMENTED: 509.039, 509.049 FS.

IF REQUESTED IN WRITING AND NOT DEEMED UNNECESSARY BY THE AGENCY HEAD, A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE NOTICED IN THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER.

THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Cindy Ross, Division of Hotels and Restaurants, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 2601 Blair Stone Rd. Tallahassee, FL 32399-1001 DHR.Rules@myfloridalicense.com; (850)717-1268.

THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE FROM THE CONTACT PERSON LISTED ABOVE.