Nov 28, 2016 | EcoSure Food Safety Monitor
By Miriam Eisenberg, MS, RD, CP-FS
On July 29, 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health incorporated an updated state code based on the FDA 2013 Model Food Code.
This updated version of the Food Code increases the Form 3A to 57 items. Of the 57 items, the top 29 of them are defined as Foodborne Illness (FBI) Risk Factor and Public Health Intervention items and the remaining 28 items are defined as Good Retail Practice items. The top 29 items will be used as a checklist during routine inspections. Each FBI Risk Factor must be reviewed during every routine inspection. The terms “critical” and “non-critical” will no longer be used to reference violation.
The scoring matrix changed, and a numerical score will no longer be used. An establishment will pass, pass with conditions or fail. A matrix made up of FBI Risk Factors and repeat violations will determine if an establishment passes, passes with conditions or fails. The score cards must be posted. The score cards will no longer have a letter grade or a numerical score on them. It is proposed that they be green (pass), yellow (pass with conditions) or red (fail).
For example: If an establishment had 4 FBI risk factor violations and 7 repeat violations, it would pass with conditions.
A few notable updates as per current FDA Food Code include: