October 7, 2007
FDA Issues Supplement to 2005 FDA Food Code
FDA has just issued a supplement to the 2005 FDA Food Code, and it is posted on the CFSAN website. The news release provides:
The Food Code is an important part of the strategy for achieving uniform national food safety standards and for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of our nation's food safety system. This Supplement, which updates the 2005 Food Code, reflects the current science, emerging food safety issues, and imminent health hazards related to food safety. A Summary of Changes is included in Part 1 of the Supplement to assist in quick identification of the changes.
The next complete revision of the Food Code will be published in 2009. The Supplement provides the most current food safety provisions to agencies planning to initiate rule-making activities before 2009. In addition, this Supplement gives other users of the Food Code -- educators, trainers, and the food service, retail food, and vending industries -- up-to-date information on mitigating risk factors that can contribute to foodborne illnesses.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); USDA; state, local, and other federal and tribal government agencies; as well as the food industry share responsibility for ensuring that our food supply is safe. Therefore, FDA encourages all jurisdictions to use the 2005 Food Code and its Supplement to examine their level of food safety protection and to take the necessary steps to increase their level of safety.
HHS and USDA, in partnership with numerous others, will continue to strengthen our nation's food safety system and to work toward uniform and effective food safety standards for food service, retail stores, and retail-level establishments nationwide.
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