FDA Launches An Online Food Code Reference Database

It's the FDA's latest effort to strengthen understanding and application of the FDA Model Food Code.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched a Website on Monday that features an online database called the Food Code Reference System, with a new technological tool they say will help industry, the public and regulators to strengthen the understanding and application of the FDA Food Code.

The Food Code Reference System is a searchable database that includes 22 questions and answers about the U.S. Food Code, according to a news release from FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).The Food Code Reference System contains entries derived from responses to Food Code-related questions posed to FDA. 

The initial batch of entries addresses issues such as storing foods that require temperature control for safety, the design of food establishments, bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods, and proper hand hygiene and employee attire.

The FDA intends to add entries it believes are important to the uniform application of the Food Code and that may have implications across all jurisdictions that regulate food establishments. These entries will reflect questions previously answered by FDA as well as responses to future inquires that FDA receives.

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