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Missouri to adopt new resturant health codes

October 27, 1999
By: Farrah Fite
State Capital Bureau

On October 30th at midnight, Missouri will adopt new health codes for resturants that meet the Food and Drug Administration's guidelines. K-B-I-A's Farrah Fite reports how these new health codes will affect Missouri resturants and their customers.

Not since 1976 has Missouri updated its resturant health codes, but this week, Missouri will adopt several new statutes that will enhance safe food preparation.

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OutCue: "rather than housekeeping items."
Contents: Lilly says the new codes will focus on food preparation rather than housekeeping items.

Russell Lilly, Food Safety Director for the Missouri Department of Health, also says that problems in food preparation are the main cause for illness from food poisoning.

Resturants will have to use utensils or gloves when preparing food and will be forced to cook meat longer at higher temperatures. The state estimates that the codes will cost resturants 1/3 of a cent more per meal. Farrah Fite from Jefferson City.


Missouri will adopt several new resturant health codes at midnight on Saturday, Ocotober 30th. The state has not updated its codes since 1976 and K-B-I-A's Farrah Fite explains how these new codes will affect Mid-Missouri resturants and their customers.

The new resturant health codes will meet the Food and Drug Administration's recommendations for safe food preparation.

Russell Lilly, Food Safety Director for the Missouri Department of Health, says the statutes focus on the manner in which the food is prepared.

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Contents: Lilly says it is important to focus on food preparation because it is what causes illness, not the enviroment.

Some of the new guidelines will require resturant workers to use utensils or gloves when handling food as well as cooking meats at higher temperatures for longer times. The state estimates the new codes will cost 1/3 of a cent more per meal to implement.

Stephanie Browning, the Boone County/Columbia Health Department Director expects the Columbia City Council to adopt similar food preparation codes within the next year. Farrah Fite, K-B-I-A.