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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 228RETAIL FOOD
SUBCHAPTER CFOOD
RULE §228.80Consumer Advisory

(a) Consumption of Animal Foods that are Raw, Undercooked, or Not Otherwise Processed to Eliminate Pathogens. Except as specified in §228.71(a)(3), (a)(4)(D) and §228.82(3) of this title, if an animal food such as beef, eggs, fish, lamb, milk, pork, poultry, or shellfish is served or sold raw, undercooked, or without otherwise being processed to eliminate pathogens, either in ready-to-eat form or as an ingredient in another ready-to-eat food, the permit holder shall inform consumers of the significantly increased risk of consuming such foods by way of a disclosure and reminder, as specified in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, using brochures, deli case or menu advisories, label statements, table tents, placards, or other effective written means.Pf

(b) Disclosure shall include:

  (1) a description of the animal-derived foods, such as "oysters on the half shell (raw oysters)," "raw-egg Caesar salad," and "hamburgers (can be cooked to order);"Pf or

  (2) identification of the animal-derived foods by asterisking them to a footnote that states that the items are served raw or undercooked, or contain (or may contain) raw or undercooked ingredients.Pf

(c) Reminder shall include asterisking the animal-derived foods requiring disclosure to a footnote that states:

  (1) regarding the safety of these items, written information is available upon request;Pf

  (2) consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness;Pf or

  (3) consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.Pf


Source Note: The provisions of this §228.80 adopted to be effective October 11, 2015, 40 TexReg 6901

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