The Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessments is proposing to revise regulation 61-25. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new 2017 version of the FDA Food Code. Regulation 61-25 is currently based on the 2013 version of the FDA Food Code. It is the goal of the program to stay aligned with the most current version of the FDA Food Code and to incorporate those changes that are beneficial to promoting food safety in South Carolina. Based on the changes occurring in food industry business models, changes need to be made to sections of Chapter 9, for which there are no federal standards. To meet the agency’s strategic plan of improved customer service, we are proposing to combine the separate Retail Food Establishment Inspection Fee regulation into the Retail Food Establishment regulation to create one single regulation for Retail Food Establishments.
Your input is critical to the process of drafting a regulation that meets the needs of both a robust business environment for industry and provides standards that promote safe food and protect the public from the risk of foodborne illness. Please join us at one of the following locations. The stakeholder meetings will be held from 2 – 4 pm.
To file a Retail Food Establishment application, download and complete an Application & Permit Document (DHEC 1769) and submit it to any DHEC office along with the $60 fee. If you have any questions, please call your local Environmental Affairs Office for assistance.