Regulatory Changes for Food Facilities

New Regulatory Changes Effective December 2016 and January 2017.

Effective December 1, 2016

Menu Labeling and Vending Machine Labeling – Requires new labeling requirements for retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, and requires new labeling requirements for operators who own/operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold. 

Effective January 1, 2017

Consumer Advisory:  The California Health and Safety code was amended to provide a more comprehensive consumer disclosure and reminder when the consumer orders raw or undercooked foods. A food facility has to inform consumers of the increased risk of consuming specified animal food that is served or sold raw, undercooked, or otherwise processed to eliminate pathogens through a disclosure and a reminder at the time of ordering. 

ROP Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Plan: Update to have California requirements to mirror Federal requirements when submitting Reduced Oxygen Packaging for review and approval to the California Department of Public Health. 

Food Allergen Education Requirements: This new code will require the person in charge of a food facility to have adequate knowledge of major food allergens, as defined, foods identified as major food allergens, and the symptoms that a major food allergen could cause in a sensitive individual who has an allergic reaction and to educate food facility employees regarding those matters.

Juicing allowed under Limited Food Preparation: Juicing will be listed as limited food preparation in the California Health & Safety Code.

Shared Warewashing Drainboards: The 3 compartment sink “clean side” drainboard may be shared with the “clean side” of a mechanical dishwash machine. The 3 compartment sink may also share a soiled drainboard with the soiled side of a mechanical dishwash machine. 

Mobile Food Facility Permit holder Signage Requirement: This new code clarifies that if the permit holder name is included the lettering must be not less than one inch high and color of each letter and number must contrast with its background.