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2013 FDA Food Code which will go into effect on JULY 1, 2019.
Kentucky amended 902 KAR 45:005 Kentucky Food Code, adopting by reference the 2013 FDA Food Code together with the Annex. The 2013 edition of the FDA Food Code will apply to all Kentucky Food Establishments and includes some additions.
The Lincoln Trail District Health Department will be offering classes soon to highlight some of the changes and explain the differences between the current 2005 Food Code and the 2013 Food Code.
The new food code follows a risk-based inspection approach. According to the FDA, the benefits associated with the adoption of the 2013 Food Code as statute include:
-Reduction of the risk of food-borne illnesses within food establishments, protecting consumers and industry from potentially devastating health consequences and financial loss.
-Uniform standards for retail food safety that reduce complexity and better ensure compliance.
-The elimination of redundant processes for establishing food safety criteria.
-The establishment of a more standardized approach to inspections and audits of food establishments.