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Know before you go
Start with the basics. You will need to know:
- what Food Code you’re currently on,
- what Food Code you are aiming to adopt,
- the administrative procedures for making and amending rules, and
- what the rulemaking processes are.
Explain the "why"
Build and leverage strong relationships with both internal and external partners, including:
- Industry members
- Local public health officials
- Legislators and decision-makers
- Boards of Health
- Community members
Your success in Food Code adoption will depend on the overall support for change you create.
Food Code adoption has big implications for all members of your community, especially the retail food industry and regulatory staff. Prepare to address questions, concerns, and resistance to specific Food Code provisions. You may wish to draft an economic impact statement or share some of the scientific basis for Food Code provisions.
Food Code adoption can take a lot of time, resources, and money. Show decision-makers how much support there is for adoption from regulatory programs, industry organizations and members, associations, academia, and agencies to help you build the case for Food Code adoption.
Propose the changes
Neatly package materials for your decision-makers. Provide everything you can think of that a decision maker might want to know or helps bolster your case, including:
- Background information,
- Detailed changes,
- Any supporting documents you created or gathered in the previous steps,
- The reasoning and science behind the regulations.
Provide this information packet to:
- Your Board of Health,
- State legislature, or
- City, local, state, territorial, or tribal council(s).
Stay engaged, attend public meetings or hearings
Depending on your jurisdiction’s administrative procedures, there will likely be one or more public meetings. Attend these meetings and continue to make your case for Food Code adoption using your supporting materials and subject matter expertise.
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Provide support to impacted groups after adoption
Once you adopt the FDA Food Code, you will need to train your staff, educate the local industry, and inform the public about the changes to retail food regulation in your jurisdiction. You will need:
- An enforcement and compliance plan and timeline
- A training plan for your staff
- A plan to share the update with the general public