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Changes to Iowa Food Safety Rules

   Beginning on January 1, 2014, new food safety rules go into effect for all business selling food to the public.
   The Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals has updated some food and consumer safety codes. Some of the changes include:

- A Certified Food Protection Manager will be required for most establishments.  The training will be available online as well as locally through the Iowa State Extension Service.  New establishments will have six months to meet the requirement.  Existing establishments may have up to four years to meet the requirement if they do not receive a qualifying violation.
- Cut leafy greens will now be considered a potentially hazardous food and will therefore be required to be kept below 41 degrees.
- Establishments will be required to have written procedures in place regarding the clean-up of contamination events such as vomiting.
- Violations that were formerly designated as critical or non-critical will have the new designations of Priority, Priority Foundation and Core, with Priority being the most significant.
- The food inspection database has been upgraded significantly and will result in making food establishment inspection information much more easily accessible to the public.  Inspection reports will often be able to be uploaded and available for the public to review within a day.  These reports will be accessible through the Johnson County Public Health website beginning in January.

   Officials tell CBS 2/FOX 28 News, the changes should not affect customers.
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