New state rules would allow restaurants to serve raw, rare food
Posted June 21, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Commission for Public Health is poised to adopt new food regulations for the state, a move that would relax current standards prohibiting restaurants from serving raw or undercooked foods.
On Thursday, a public health review commission approved the new rules, which are expected to be formally adopted at a committee meeting July 19.
New rules would allow patrons to order a rare hamburger, for example, as long as the restaurant provides a warning about the dangers of eating raw or undercooked food, which can cause foodborne illness. Restaurant workers would have to wear gloves or use tongs when handling ready-to-eat foods.
Many of the changes follow the new food safety guidelines set forth in the federal Food and Drug Administration's 2009 Food Code.
The new rules, if approved, will take effect Sept. 1.