Laws & Regulations

Food Code Revisions

The 2009 Food Code includes provisions designed to improve the process by which restaurants address the needs of customers affected by food allergy.

According to Section 2-102.11 of the Code, food establishments should have a person in charge during all hours of operation who is knowledgeable about major food allergens, cross-contaminations, and the symptoms of an allergic reaction. In addition, the person in charge (according to Section 2-103.11 of the Code) should ensure that employees are properly trained in food safety issues, including food allergy awareness, as it is related to their assigned duties. 

The FDA updates the Food Code every few years. The Code is used by state, city, county, tribal, and territorial agencies to help regulate restaurants, retail food stores, and vending and food service operations in institutions such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and child care centers. The 2009 edition of the Code is the seventh edition published by the FDA. The previous version of the Code was released in 2005, and was amended in 2007. Individual states, however, must adopt the Food Code and the status of adoption by state can vary.

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