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NEWS: New Food Laws in CA

SB 144, was recently passed, which entirely updates California's food safety code. This piece of legislation has been in the works for years and is based on the best available food safety science. California's old food safety codes were 20 years old, so an update was needed.

It's impossible to summarize this bill, since it's a total revamp of the code, but in general, it's meant to promote uniform and consistent food safety enforcement; greater protection of school children and the elderly, basing food safety regulation on best available science, consolidating the law and providing training and education to facilitate better understanding of the laws.

The only other thing I can say about it is that I looked and could really find no opposition to it.

It's 144 pages long, and most of it's administrative blah, so I fall asleep before getting far through it, but one notable thing I saw was stringent requirements regarding (1) substances that may contaminate food, and (2) employees who are sick with a disease that can be communicated through food.

In the latter case, they are to be prevented from handling food until free of the disease or incapable of transmitting the disease. When the local agency receives notice of an employee with such a disease, they are to require any of the following: (1) restriction of employees from the affected area, (2) closing of the facility until the danger of disease outbreak has been addressed, and/or (3) medical evaluation of any employee of the facility.


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