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28 Pa. Code § 17.82. Minimum program activities.

§ 17.82. Minimum program activities.

 The following shall be considered minimum activities in the food service sanitation program:

   (1)  Inspections. Each food service establishment shall be inspected prior to issuing or renewing a license. Regular inspections of these establishments shall be made throughout the year as often as necessary to maintain satisfactory compliance with established rules, regulations and standards.

   (2)  Plan review. Plans and specifications for new and remodeled food service facilities shall be reviewed prior to construction of these facilities to insure compliance with appropriate regulations and standards for the design, construction and installation of facilities and equipment.

   (3)  Educational programs. Educational activities, which may include training programs, shall be provided for food establishment operators, employes and the public to increase the knowledge and awareness of food preparation principles and practices and thereby improve the operational level of food establishments and reduce the incidence of foodborne illness.

   (4)  Laboratory services. Adequate laboratory services must be available to make any analytical determinations deemed necessary, particularly in the area of foodborne illness investigations. The laboratory used must be acceptable to DER in terms of being readily available and capable of performing microbiological analyses to identify the genera of the microorganisms important to food protection and qualitative analysis for chemical contaminants and adulterants.

   (5)  Rules and regulations. Rules, regulations and standards for the conduct and operation of food service facilities shall be established and shall be revised as necessary to be current with accepted public health criteria.

   (6)  Meetings. Local health departments are required to attend periodic meetings with DER for the purpose of program planning, development, reporting, evaluation and coordination to provide an orderly, efficient delivery of this environmental health program on a Statewide basis.

Cross References

   This section cited in 28 Pa. Code §  17.3 (relating to meetings).

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