The New FDA Food Code: A Comprehensive Look

The New FDA Food Code: A Comprehensive Look

Comparing the New and Old Codes

A new code based on scientific data.
2019 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

2019 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

In preparation for the January 1, 2019 adoption of the FDA Food Code to the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code Will County Health Department food inspectors will be providing information throughout 2018 on the changes food service operations should expect. One significant change is the requirement for a PERSON IN CHARGE (PIC). The Person in Charge shall be the permit holder or designated by the permit holder. The Person in Charge shall be present during all hours of operations. This means that when the permit holder or manager has a day off or leaves the food service establishment they must designate a Person in Charge. The Person in Charge shall demonstrate knowledge of food borne disease prevention, the application of food safety principles and the requirements of the Food Code. Not designating a Person in Charge that is capable of fulfilling the requirements would result in a priority violation that could impact whether the food service establishment will Pass, Pass with Condition or Fail the inspection. During this transition period it is important to obtain training for staff and to implement food safety procedures that all staff are aware of and practice on a routine basis. The permit holder and management team should become familiar with the FDA Food Code. It would be advantageous to create a written standard operating procedure manual. Also, establishing a chain of command to identify the Person(s) in Charge will be one step in ensuring that inspections result with PASS.

 

https://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/retailfoodprotection/foodcode/default.htm

2018 FOOD ESTABLISHMENT NEWSLETTER

Will County Health Department issues a Food Service Newsletter annually. This newsletter is a good resource for trending food service topics. The option to download this newsletter is available at the end of this article.

Food Safety Program

Food Safety Program

Permitting and Inspections of Food Service Establishments by the Department of Health

The Environmental Health Division conducts plan reviews, registers and issues permits for all new and remodeled food service and food store facilities including temporary facilities established for specific events, mobile food service units and registers cottage food operations. Environmental Health Division inspectors also conduct opening and routine food safety inspections of more than 2800 food service/food store facilities throughout the County of Will. 

Food Establishment Safety Inspections

Enforcing Provisions of the of the Food Sanitation Code

In accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Food Service Sanitation Code and the Will County Food Service and Retail Food Store Sanitation Ordinance, inspectors from the Environmental Health Division of WCHD carry out food safety inspections at more than 2800 food service/food store facilities throughout the county.

Food Establishment Licensing and Permitting

Submitting Applications and Inspections

Before constructing or remodeling a food service establishment, a proposal shall be submitted to the Division of Environmental Health at the WCHD. Use the Food Establishment checklist to organize all the required documentation for a plan review. Proposals may be hand delivered or mailed. Plan review payments must be made at the time of submission and can be made in person, over the phone or electronically using GovPay, or 1-888-604-7888, use Pay Code Location #7078.

Temporary Food/Drink Event Establishment Permitting

Submitting Applications and Forms for Temporary Food Service

A temporary food service permit is required for outdoor food festivals, pancake breakfasts, and other events where food is served to the public on a temporary basis. In order to obtain a permit, review the Temporary Food and/or Drink Service Establishments Brochure, complete the Application for Temporary Food Events and submit the application form and fee to the WCHD at least 7 days prior to the event. Temporary food service permit payments can be made in person, over the phone or electronically using GovPay, or 1-888-604-7888, use Pay Code Location #7078. 

Applications may be submitted via email at eh@willcountyhealth.org 

Food Recalls Safeguard Public Health

Potentially Harmful Food Products can be removed from the Market by the Food Recall Process

Once a food product is marketed to a wide range of consumers in different markets, unexpected problems can occur. Some common problems include contamination at the processing stage that may leave an organism in the product that could make consumers ill, mislabeling of a product or the discovery of a potential allergen in the product.

Mobile Vending

Movable Food Service Regulations

Mobile vending operations refer to a readily movable truck, trailer, or push cart food service. Food provided by mobile venders comes from a business that is licensed and inspected by a health authority. Mobile units must be serviced and re-supplied from a fixed and licensed commissary to which they return daily. 

Cottage Food Operation

Foods Made in Home Kitchens

The Cottage Food Operation Law allows certain foods made in home kitchens to be sold at Illinois farmers' markets with limited regulation. Operators must register with the health department and obtain the Food Service Sanitation Management Certificate. 































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Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act

The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495, passed into law on August 27, 2013, changes the existing training and certification requirements for food safety managers, as well as establishes food handler training requirements. 

 

Joliet, Elwood Sites for 14th and 15th Rabid Bats

Joliet, Elwood Sites for 14th and 15th Rabid Bats

One Found Deceased, One Found with a Cat

Report bats to Will County Animal Control at 815-462-5633.
Protect Your Groundwater Day Reminds Us to Keep an Eye on Water from Private Wells

Protect Your Groundwater Day Reminds Us to Keep an Eye on Water from Private Wells

Prevalence of Chemicals Makes Lab Testing Necessary

Have your water tested for bacteria and nitrates, so you can catch problems early.
West Nile Virus Update: 13 of 14 WCHD Traps Have Produced a Positive Sample

West Nile Virus Update: 13 of 14 WCHD Traps Have Produced a Positive Sample

Total of 248 Samples Taken in 2018, 40 of them Positive for WNV

So far in 2018, there has been one human case in Will County.
Will County's First 2018 Human West Nile Virus Patient May Have Picked it up While in Wisconsin, but Local Activity Exists

Will County's First 2018 Human West Nile Virus Patient May Have Picked it up While in Wisconsin, but Local Activity Exists

Had Recently Visited Wisconsin Dells

Number of positive WNV samples in Will County has risen sharply over the past month.
Will County Third in State on Postive West Nile Virus Mosquito Samples

Will County Third in State on Postive West Nile Virus Mosquito Samples

Latest Positive Samples from Manhattan and Crete Areas

Five positive batches in Will County, 9 in DuPage County, 81 in Cook County.
Wet, Hot Summer Bringing Increased Risk for both Nuisance and Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Wet, Hot Summer Bringing Increased Risk for both Nuisance and Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Extreme Heat Encourages the West Nile Virus-Carrying Culex Mosquito

Likely increase in presence of two distinct types of mosquitoes, one which brings about danger to humans
Environmental Health Division Very Busy Checking Swim Sites

Environmental Health Division Very Busy Checking Swim Sites

Getting Both Pools and Beaches Set for the Summer

All outdoor pools and beaches are required to pass an inspection.
Swim Healthy, Stay Healthy.

Swim Healthy, Stay Healthy.

May 21-27, 2018 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Educating swimmers to protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs.
2019 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

2019 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

In preparation for the January 1, 2019 adoption of the FDA Food Code to the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code Will County Health Department food inspectors will be providing information throughout 2018 on the changes food service operations should expect. One significant change is the requirement for a PERSON IN CHARGE (PIC). The Person in Charge shall be the permit holder or designated by the permit holder. The Person in Charge shall be present during all hours of operations. This means that when the permit holder or manager has a day off or leaves the food service establishment they must designate a Person in Charge. The Person in Charge shall demonstrate knowledge of food borne disease prevention, the application of food safety principles and the requirements of the Food Code. Not designating a Person in Charge that is capable of fulfilling the requirements would result in a priority violation that could impact whether the food service establishment will Pass, Pass with Condition or Fail the inspection. During this transition period it is important to obtain training for staff and to implement food safety procedures that all staff are aware of and practice on a routine basis. The permit holder and management team should become familiar with the FDA Food Code. It would be advantageous to create a written standard operating procedure manual. Also, establishing a chain of command to identify the Person(s) in Charge will be one step in ensuring that inspections result with PASS.

 

https://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/retailfoodprotection/foodcode/default.htm

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