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FDA Releases 2022 Food Code

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today published the 2022 edition of the FDA Food Code. It provides guidance to state and local authorities and retailers to reduce the risk of foodborne illness in retail establishments and to provide a uniform set of national standards for retail food safety. increase. .

The 2022 edition marks the 30th anniversary of the FDA Food Code in its current form. It represents the FDA’s best advice for a uniform regulatory system addressing the safety and protection of food served in retail establishments and food service establishments, and although it is not mandatory model code, state and local government widely adopted by A tribal and territorial agency that regulates food service operations in more than one million restaurants, food outlets, vending machines, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and day care centers.

The 2022 Food Code specifically addresses food donations for the first time. This new information is part of the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health of the Biden Harris administration. His national strategy, rolled out in September at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, outlines the federal government’s efforts to end hunger and reduce diet-related illnesses by 2030, while reducing inequality. provide a roadmap for action.

One-third of all food in the United States goes uneaten. To prevent food loss and waste throughout the food supply chain and to ensure that safe, high-quality food reaches those who need it most, the 2022 Food Code mandates food storage, preparation, packaging, presentation and labeling. clarifies that the marking will be done according to the following criteria: You can donate to food code safety regulations.

Other significant changes to the 2022 Food Code include:

  • Adds sesame as a major food allergen, reflecting that the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research Act of 2021 established sesame as the ninth major food allergen.
  • Notify consumers in writing of major food allergens as ingredients in unpackaged foods.
  • Add major food allergen labeling to consumer self-dispensable bulk food products.
  • Create new requirements for allowing pet dogs in outdoor dining spaces.When
  • Revised intact meat definition, including enhancements to clarify cooking time/temperature requirements

View the full list of changes summary.

The 2022 edition reflects input from regulators, industry, academia and consumers who participated in the Council for Food Protection (CFP) 2020 Biennial Meeting (held in 2021). Working with partners at the CFP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency will help the food code establish sound model requirements to help prevent foodborne illness and injury. . Help eliminate the most important food safety hazards in retail stores and food service establishments.

The full and widespread adoption of the 2022 Food Code as statutes, codes and ordinances will help:

  • Reduce the risk of foodborne illness in food establishments, protecting consumers and industry from potentially catastrophic health impacts and economic losses.
  • Create uniform retail food safety standards that reduce complexity and ensure compliance.
  • Eliminate redundant processes for establishing food safety standards.When
  • Establishing a more standardized approach to inspection and auditing of food facilities

Members of the FDA’s National Retail Food Team are available to assist regulators, educators, and industry in their efforts to adopt, implement, and understand the provisions of the FDA Food Code and Retail Program Standards.

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