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  • Public invited to meetings on proposed health code changes

    Dec 07, 2015 | Read More News
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    health logoThe Pima County Health Department has scheduled six informational meetings throughout Pima County to provide information regarding proposed Health Code changes to Chapter 8, specifically, the Food Code (8.08), the General Health Provisions and Fees (8.04), and the Swimming Pool Code (8.32).

    “The Health Department strives to protect the residents of this community in ways that are often unseen but vital to the well-being of our community,” says Dr. Francisco Garcia, Director of the Pima County Health Department. “Adopting the 2013 FDA Food Code changes is an important step to achieving that. Norovirus has become the principal contributor to foodborne illness in this country and addressing ways to minimize the potential of this and other contaminants is the focus of this code update.”



    Substantive changes to the food code that will be the most noticeable to operators include the following:
    • Increased hot holding temperature requirement from 130°F to 135°F to prevent growth of Clostidium perfringens;
    • Required cold holding of cut leafy green vegetables after cutting at 41°F temperature (currently no temperature requirement) to prevent the growth of E.coli and Salmonella organisms; 
    • Expanded cooling time for cooked products from 4 hours to a total of 6 hours (2 hours from 135°F to 70°F and an additional 4 hours to 41°F);
    • Enhance managerial and staff awareness of food allergens including milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy.   

    Specific notable improvements to the pool code include:

    • Americans with Disability Act related provisions allowing lowering latch heights for pool access, and requiring handicap lift devices without having requiring a variance; 
    • Requirement for at least one certified swimming pool operator for every pool, and requiring an owner operator to obtain such a certification (currently they are exempt from this requirement); and 
    • Provide clarification for the circumstances that would require pool closure.

    A copy of the proposed codes can be found at www.pima.gov/health 

    The Pima County Health Department is dedicated to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our community through leadership, collaboration, and education. Visit the Health Department at pima.gov/healthon Facebook  or on Twitter