Hearing on food safety rule set for Wednesday

The Maui News

Public dialogue on amendments to the state’s Food Safety Code has been reopened to clarify rules for small family child care and adult day care providers in private homes and bed-and-breakfast exemptions.

The proposed amendments impact all food establishments statewide and are designed to improve food safety and to lower public health risks for foodborne illness.

Initial hearings on Chapter 50 rule changes in early December elicited no testimony in opposition, the Health Department said. After the public hearings, the department discovered an issue with a section of the rule that exempts small family child care and adult day care providers in private homes.

The proposed amendments clarify the adult and child care provider and bed-and-breakfast exemptions and add a requirement for food safety education certification. The amendment will allow child and adult day care operators to conform to U.S. Agriculture Department nutritional guidelines and to continue to be eligible to receive subsidies from USDA.

In addition, an error in the previous draft of section 11-50-3(b)(4) will be corrected to change the number of valid days for a Special Event Temporary Food Establishment permit from 365 days to 30 days and to allow consecutive permits.

The amended rules are available for review at health.hawaii.gov/san.

The Maui hearing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the University of Hawaii Maui College Community Services building in Kahului.

Written comments are recommended and may be submitted at the public hearing or by March 24 to the Sanitation Branch, 99-945 Halawa Valley St., Aiea 96701.