Decoding Food Code Adoption 

This page contains resources discussed during the Decoding Food Code Adoption Presentation, given at the 2023 National Environmental Health Association’s Annual Educational Conference. The contents on this page have been provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Wake County Government, North Carolina, Environmental Health and Safety Division, and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA).

PowerPoint Presentations 

Slides presented at the 2023 NEHA Annual Educational Conference during a panel discussion entitled "Decoding Food Code Adoption"

This Toolkit supports users to learn more about the Food Code and how it is implemented, and to influence decision-makers such as legislators, board members, and others in leadership positions to adopt the latest editions of the Food Code. 

Rulemaking Processes

North Carolina’s roadmap to their rulemaking process.

Make a Plan

Pennsylvania’s Project Plan Outline, Background, and Goals

Formal development of a Project Plan to implement new Pennsylvania Food Laws.  Project Plan delineated the Background, Goals to accomplish, and an Outline of the plans.

Defining the Economic Impact

A sample fiscal note, also known as an economic impact statement. This document can be used as a guide when writing your own fiscal note. 

Garnering Support 

Letters & Statements of Support  

Access signed letters of support and download letter of support templates for your own use. 

Sample Letters of Support from North Carolina

View copies of two letters of support used to support Food Code adoption in North Carolina in 2010 and 2016. 

Letters of Support from the PA Department of Health to local and counties supporting the new food laws and Food Code adoption. 

Educating and Training Staff 

Fact sheet for training food inspectors on the changes to the food safety laws and Food Code regulations. 

These talking points were developed and shared with PDA Management and inspection staff to facilitate consistency in messaging. 

Following the new Food Safety Act laws, these talking points were developed for county and local health jurisdictions. This presentation reviewed retail food facility licensing, Food Code adoption, and uniformity mandates. 

Educating the Industry 

Press releases announcing the new food safety laws, and uniform adoption of the Food Code. 

A storyboard showing the consequences of preparing ready-to-eat salad without adequate temperature control.  

Letter drafted to inform all Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s licensed facilities – some affected by change of license jurisdiction -- regarding impending changes to Food Code regulations. 

Addressing Big Changes

North Carolina’s HACCP and Variance Resources 

Moving to a new Food Code in NC meant more support was needed for the creation and review of HACCP and Variance Plans. To help train staff and comply with the updates, North Carolina created templates and permitted establishments to apply for a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan to conduct specialized processes. 

North Carolina permits establishments to apply for a Variance to perform processes or use equipment that are not consistent with the Food Code with approved Standard Operating Procedures.

Examples of processes that require a preapproved Variance in North Carolina include:  

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