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The State of West Virginia revised Legislative Rule 64CSR17 concerning Food Establishments. The new Rule adopts the 2013 FDA model Food Code. Under this rule Local Health Departments are mandated to regulate restaurants, retail food stores, schools, hospitals, bars, day care centers, and any other permanent establishment dealing with food. Also under this rule, Health Departments regulate Temporary Food Establishments located at fairs, festivals, roadside stands, etc.
Inspections on these facilities are conducted at least twice per year and more often if needed. In addition to the required Health Permit to operate, establishments must insure that all food service workers obtain a Food Handler's Permit. Classes for Food Handlers are conducted monthly at the health department or can be obtained anytime by going to TAPSeries™ - Food Handlers Card (print certificate and bring to Health Department for credit). These classes are designed to educate the proper techniques, methods, and requirements of a food establishment and it's workers.
Farmers Market Vendor Guide
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR), West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), and the West Virginia Farmers Market Association have worked together with other members of the West Virginia Food Safety and Food Defense Task Force to develop the Farmers Market Vendor Guide. This guide provides consistent information for farmers, food vendors, and sanitarians who work together to provide fresh, safe, and quality food for the consumer. This document is to be used for guidance to determine what food items may be sold and the conditions that must be met at the point of sale.
National Recall Information
In an effort to keep the citizens of Pocahontas County current on all regional and national recalls, please refer to Recalls.gov. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us for more information.
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