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Experts say overhaul of food safety standards is long overdue

Posted April 12, 2012

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— State legislators considered changes Thursday to overhaul food safety standards that were implemented over 35 years ago. Food experts say the changes are long overdue.

Larry Michael, a spokesman from NC Dairy & Food Protection, said people are now realizing that "safe food is good business."

"This is a win for public health, and it's also a win for industry," Michael said.

Some of the proposed changes include prohibiting workers from handling ready-to-eat food with their bare hands and doing away with the bonus points restaurants can earn by completing a two-day food safety course.

Proposed food safety standard changes are "long overdue" Proposed food safety standard changes are "long overdue"

New regulations would require a certified food protection manager to be on site whenever the establishment is open. Employees would be able to earn that certification online.

Not everyone is on board with the changes. Some restaurant owners fear that the new rules will be too costly or not practical.

The changes will combine rules from the FDA food code with tweaked state rules. If the changes are accepted, they won't go into effect until September at the earliest.

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  • bigredtruckman Apr 17, 2012

    Cleanly washed hands are actually more sanitary than gloves. Workers have a tendency to view their hands as being clean when wearing dirty gloves because their hands don't "feel" dirty. Workers will wash their hands far more often than they will changes gloves. I've seen it happen many times. Workers wearing gloves give restaurant patrons a very false sense of sanitation when in fact it is the exact opposite.

  • baracus Apr 16, 2012

    "And a dedicated person to oversee food safety in EVERY establishment while open.....not sure that's gonna happen."

    I didn't hear anybody mention dedicated. There just needs to be someone there who is certified. They can still do their normal job.

  • Scubagirl Apr 16, 2012

    I agree with a comment I heard last night on this story....there will be bits of gloves (plastic, latex, nitrile) in the food.
    Some things just don't work w/ gloves-better handwashing.

    And a dedicated person to oversee food safety in EVERY establishment while open.....not sure that's gonna happen.

  • GravyPig Apr 16, 2012

    "Not sure anybody can prep sushi properly with plastic gloves on..."

    How about latex or nitrile?

    "Not sure that sushi is classified as "ready to eat"."

    LOL, it is when it's done.....and sometimes even before it has been made.

  • childofNC Apr 13, 2012

    Gloves are useless when employees wear them to handle money and then go back to preparing food without changing gloves or washing hands (with the gloves on).

  • iknowmyschnitzel Apr 13, 2012

    Not sure that sushi is classified as "ready to eat".

  • Road-wearier Apr 13, 2012

    Not sure anybody can prep sushi properly with plastic gloves on...