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Introduction

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes the Food Code, a model that assists food control jurisdictions at all levels of government by providing them with a scientifically sound technical and legal basis for regulating the retail and food service segment of the industry (restaurants and grocery stores and institutions such as nursing homes). Local, state, tribal, and federal regulators use the FDA Food Code as a model to develop or update their own food safety rules and to be consistent with national food regulatory policy.

The most recent version of the Food Code is dated 2005. The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) reported in June 2005, that 48 of 56 States and territories have adopted food codes patterned after one of the five versions of the Food Code, beginning with the 1993 edition. Those 48 states and territories represent 79% of the U.S. population.

Between 1993 and 2001, the Food Code was issued in its current format, every two years. With the support of the Conference for Food Protection, FDA decided to move to a four-year interval between complete Food Code revisions. The 2005 Food Code is the first full-edition to publish since the 2001 edition. During the 4-year interim period, a Food Code Supplement that updates, modifies, or clarifies certain provisions was made available.

Obtaining the 2005 Food Code

bulletThe 2005 Food Code is currently available in PDF. bulletSummary of Changes in the FDA Food Code bulletQuestions And Answers September 23, 2005 bullet2005 Food Code Supplement October 5, 2007 *New*

Obtaining the 2001 Food Code

bullet2001 Food Code in HTML or PDF versions. bulletSummary of Changes (from 1999 version to 2001 version) bullet2001 Food Code Errata Sheet August 23, 2002 bullet2001 Food Code Supplement August 29, 2003

  bulletDownload the full 2001 Food Code in PDF format. (2Mb)
(Obtain a PDF reader.)

Obtaining the 1999 Food Code

Copies of the 1999 Food Code are available in the following formats:

bullet1999 Food Code in HTML or PDF versions. bulletSummary of Changes
  bulletDownload the full 1999 Food Code in PDF format. (1Mb; 1.2Mb uncompressed)
(Obtain a PDF reader.)

  bulletWord Perfect 6/7/8 version compressed in self-extracting zip format (623Kb; 2Mb uncompressed)
(Download the file and run it - e.g., in Windows, double-click on the file name - to get the 24 files comprising the Food Code; contents.wpd is the table of contents.)
Note: These files were formatted using an HP LaserJet 4 printer. In order to reproduce the document as originally formatted, use of an HP LaserJet 4 printer is suggested when viewing or printing the document.

  bulletPrinted copies and computer disks from the National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161; Phone 703-605-6000 or 1-800-553-NTIS (6847) bulletSpiral bound order number: PB99-115925 bulletDocutek order number: PB99-115917 bulletElectronic Edition on CD-ROM (also includes the Adobe Reader, Draft HACCP Guide, and Plan Review Manual) order number: PB99-500506 bulletElectronic Edition on Diskette order number: PB99-501033 bulletWordPerfect on Diskette order number: PB99-501025

Obtaining the 1997 Food Code

Copies of the 1997 Food Code are available in the following formats:

bulletHTML version of the 1997 Food Code

  bulletPDF version of the 1997 Food Code
(Obtain a PDF reader.)
  bulletPart I: Introductions, Chapters 1-8, Annex 1 (1.2 Mb) bulletPart II: Annex 2-7 (1.4 Mb)
 

Note: The above files contain links to external files, such as CFR references contained in the Food Code, that were intended to work when loaded onto a pc and not over the internet. Therefore, these external links do not work over the internet. However, you may download the entire Food Code, below, with the references, and use it locally on your hard drive if you want to be able to access these additional file links. bullet1997 Food Code Electronic Edition including associated references (e.g. CFR references) in PDF format, compessed in zip format (5.0 Mb; 6.5 Mb unzipped)

  bulletWord Perfect 6.1 version compressed in zip format (636 Kb; 2.7Mb unzipped)
Note: These files were formatted using an HPIII LaserJet printer. In order to reproduce the document as originally formatted, use of an HPIII LaserJet printer is suggested when viewing or printing the document.

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