There's a new state-wide food code that will go into effect January 1, 2013. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspects all Florida restaurants for cleanliness and safety and will improve the inspection process in addressing these concerns. The state of Florida is currently working under the 2001 FDA Food Code and the updates will bring it up to speed, reflecting the 2009 FDA Food Code. One of the updates includes changing the descriptions of violations from critical and non-critical to three more comprehensive categories: high priority, intermediate, and basic. There will also be more training and awareness for food allergens and no raw or undercooked foods allowed on kids menus, among other provisions.
· Florida Announces Food Code and Restaurant Inspection Updates [SO]
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