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Big changes on the way for NC restaurants and food vendors

Posted July 19, 2012 6:09 p.m. EDT
Updated July 19, 2012 6:20 p.m. EDT

— 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 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.