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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 2017. FDA decided to move to a four-year interval between complete Food Code editions. During the interim period between full editions, FDA may publish a Food Code Supplement that updates, modifies, or clarifies certain provisions. The 2005 Food Code was the first full edition published on the new four-year interval, and it was followed by the Supplement to the 2005 Food Code, which was published in 2007. The 2017 Food Code is the most recent full edition published by FDA.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 Most Recent Food Code

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Previous Versions of the FDA Food Code

The 2005 Food Code

The 2001 Food Code

The 1999 Food Code

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

  • 1999 Food Code in HTML or PDF versions.
  • Summary of Changes
  • Download the full 1999 Food Code in PDF format. (1Mb; 1.2Mb uncompressed)
    (Obtain a PDF reader.)
  • Word 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.
  • Printed 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)
  • Spiral bound order number: PB99-115925
  • Docutek order number: PB99-115917
  • Electronic Edition on CD-ROM (also includes the Adobe Reader, Draft HACCP Guide, and Plan Review Manual) order number: PB99-500506
  • Electronic Edition on Diskette order number: PB99-501033
  • WordPerfect on Diskette order number: PB99-501025

The 1997 Food Code

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

  • HTML version of the 1997 Food Code
  • PDF version of the 1997 Food Code
    (Obtain a PDF reader.)
  • Part I: Introductions, Chapters 1-8, Annex 1 (1.2 Mb)
  • Part 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.

  • 1997 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)
  • Word 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.
  • Printed copies and computer disks from the National Technical Information Service

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