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Big changes on the way for NC restaurants and food vendors

Posted July 19, 2012

— Starting September 1, new food safety rules will be implemented in North Carolina - the biggest changes to food safety regulations in 30 years.

County heath inspectors will still give grades to restaurants; however, the bonus points awarded for completing a food safety class are being done away with. Restaurants will now be required to have a certified food protection manager on site during all open hours. Mobile vendors, such as food trucks and street carts, will also have grade cards posted.

New food safety rules Big changes on the way for NC restaurants and food vendors

New regulations were also passed regarding food preparation. Workers will be required to wear gloves or handle food with tongs or paper in an effort to prevent the spread of diseases.

The current rule prohibiting undercooked meat has been overturned, and patrons will be able to order rare hamburgers and steaks. Restaurants will be allowed to serve undercooked or raw foods provided they warn customers that eating them can increase the chance of contracting a foodborne illness, such as salmonella.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 26, 2012

    oops, please disregard my egg comment...it was meant for here: www.wral.com/news/state/story/11328944/

  • airbornemonty Jul 24, 2012

    I agree that requiring the posting of the grade on the entrance door is a good idea.

    Many restaurants put their grade in an inconspicuous area where the grade can not be easily seen if the grade is below 95.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 24, 2012

    A cup of peas has about the same nutrition value as a chicken egg without all the bad stuff (cholesterol, chicken confinement & butchering, global impact, etc.).

    The human body has no need for unfertilized chicken embryos. I haven't eaten one in over 15 years.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 24, 2012

    We don't need "big gubmint" choking out small businesses by requiring them to take precautions to protect any men, women or children. Bad business will just go out of business. The industry can self regulate.

    Government just needs to let restaurants do their own thing.

    Stop telling them to wash their hands. Stop making them refrigerate meat, eggs, mayo and all that other stuff people eat. Remove those sneeze shields from the buffet…they inhibit how the food looks and adversely affect profits!

    Businesses know what's right for themselves. Let them make money. What's more important?...health or money? Money, of course!


  • dwntwnboy Jul 23, 2012

    I don't see a problem with it. Would rather have strict food handling rules than lax ones.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 20, 2012

    bo55 - "How about posting the grade at the door like South Carolina does, then you know what you are getting into before you sit down and have to hunt for the grade."

    I like that.

    We use to go to a pizza place in Dunn. It was a nice place that looked and smelled clean, but one day when we were paying, we noticed behind the cashier that it had a "C" grade.

    Never went there again.

    If that sign had been on or near the door, we'd have never even gone inside, so I like your suggestion.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 20, 2012

    WageSlave - "More regulations are just going to choke out more small business."

    If they can't keep clean, they deserve to be choked out.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 20, 2012

    All good. And about time.

  • Six String Jul 20, 2012

    "More regulations are just going to choke out more small business."

    And less regulation in the food industry chokes out more customers--literally. Any small business restaurant owner who can't follow these rules doesn't need to open anyway. Too much regulation is not good, but unrestrained and unregulated business is worse.

  • Smokin Jul 20, 2012

    Are they going to make sure that people wash their hands thoroughly BEFORE putting on those gloves and that they change them frequently? Gloves more often than not give a false sense of cleanliness.