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Retail Food Establishments Inspection And Suspension

Concerning the retail food establishment inspection process, and, in connection therewith, detailing the process for the suspension of a retail food establishment's license or certification of license.
2019 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Bill Summary

Retail food establishments - inspections - penalties for violations. With respect to retail food establishment inspections, the act:

  • Clarifies that emergency situations can create an "imminent health hazard";
  • Repeals language that separated violations found during inspections into critical and noncritical violations;
  • Clarifies that it is unlawful to continue to operate a retail food establishment that has had its license or certificate of license suspended;
  • Aligns the requirements for the communication of inspection results with the determination of whether violations are sufficient to require a reinspection;
  • Removes the minimum amount for a civil penalty and establishes the maximum amount as $1,000 for violations of rules promulgated by the department of public health and environment;
  • Provides that a retail food establishment that is found to be in violation during 4 out of 5 inspections during a 12-month period is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000 and license suspension; and
  • Adds unpaid license fees to the list of items on which a retail food establishment can spend an assessed penalty.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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