Macon County residents dining out at local restaurants may not notice the changes, but their dining experience may soon be a little safer thanks to changes in North Carolina’s food safety code. The new rules are effective as of Sept. 1.
“Macon County Public Health environmental health staff work closely with local eating establishments to promote safe food handling practices,” said Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner. “These new rules allow us to keep up with changes in food preparation techniques, while keeping public health and safety in mind.”
The new food code represents the most comprehensive change in North Carolina’s food protection standards in more than 30 years and establishes practical, sciencebased rules and provisions to help avoid food-borne illnesses, like noroviruses and salmonella.