The Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessments is proposing to revise regulation 61-25 and wants your input. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new 2017 version of the FDA Food Code. Regulation 61-25 is currently based on the 2013 version of the FDA Food Code. It is the goal of the program to stay aligned with the most current version of the FDA Food Code and to incorporate those changes that are beneficial to promoting food safety in South Carolina.
Based on the changes occurring in food industry business models, changes need to be made to sections of Chapter 9, for which there are no federal standards. To meet the agency’s strategic plan of improved customer service, we are proposing to combine the separate Retail Food Establishment Inspection Fee regulation into the Retail Food Establishment regulation to create one single regulation for Retail Food Establishments.
Your input is critical to the process of drafting a regulation that meets the needs of both a robust business environment for industry and provides standards that promote safe food and protect the public from the risk of food-borne illness. Please join us at one of the following locations.
Columbia - April 26
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Rock Hill - April 27
York County Government Complex, Building 1, Large meeting room
1070 Heckle Blvd.
Rock Hill, SC 29732)
Greenville - April 30
Greenville Health Department Auditorium
200 University Ridge
Greenville, SC 29601
Myrtle Beach - May 2
Surfside Library, large meeting room
410 Surfside Drive
Surfside Beach, SC 29566
Charleston - May 5
Mt. Pleasant Library, large meeting room
1133 Mathis Ferry Rd
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
Please contact us at FoodForums@dhec.sc.gov or the Food Protection program at 803-896-0640 for more information.
Source: South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has launched a new web application that provides the public with risk-based inspection scores and reports for all DHEC-permitted retail food establishments at the touch of a button, the Agency announced on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
S.C. Food Grades is accessible on desktop and mobile devices and includes a new interactive GIS map search tool and an advanced search tool.
Using the map search tool, users can find nearby permitted retail food establishments on the map and then click on each establishment to view the two most recent inspection scores and recent official inspection reports for those establishments.
Users can also use the advanced search tool to retrieve reports of restaurant inspections in a variety of ways, including by street, city or county; facility name; grade; facility type or a specific date range. While some of this information was available previously on the DHEC website, this new tool provides a more comprehensive display of the available information.
"Food safety is our number one goal, and this innovative new tool provides the public with up-to-date information in a user-friendly format," said Renee Shealy, Chief of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "South Carolina is known for its good food, and DHEC works closely with retail food establishments to help ensure that good hospitality and food safety are always hand-in-hand."
Permitted retail food establishments include restaurants, grocery stores, food trucks, convenience stores, schools and other institutions.
DHEC conducts risk-based inspections on each of the more than 18,000 establishments in the state annually or quarterly, based on an establishment's food processes and their compliance history.
Inspection scores are a snapshot in time based on how a retail food establishment handles five major risk factors related to employee behaviors and preparation practices.
For more information, visit www.scdhec.gov/foodgrades.