January 24, 2014
The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) has adopted new food safety standards for food establishments, which will focus on making Iowa’s food regulations consistent with current scientific evidence and to prevent foodborne illness.
The new rule aims to protect Iowa consumers by requiring food establishments to have a certified food protection manager overseeing the handling of all food on site. All food establishments are required to participate in an eight-hour certification course for food handling preparation and serving standards to receive a license, which is valid for five years.
The adoption aims to update the food safety standard for food establishments, such as restaurant and grocery stores, operating in Iowa.