Donald Kraemer, the FDA's acting deputy director for operations, told Nation's Restaurant News on Friday that the agency plans to add a provision requiring restaurants to employ certified food protection managers to a future edition of the federal "FDA Model Food Code.
States, counties and cities are free to reject or adopt the Food Code in part or in its entirety.
However, the FDA
and industry groups like the NCCR
are urging that those policies and guidelines be adopted nationwide.
Kraemer said the FDA has no timeline for adding a food protection manager provision to the Food Code, but he noted that the FDA would work to that end through normal channels involving the Conference for Food Protection, or CFP.
A public-private body, the CFP
provides the FDA
with input and recommendations and is made up of members of foodservice trade groups, the food industry, government, academia and consumer organizations.
The group meets biennially and convenes next in 2012.
said many questions need to be answered before establishing a Food Code policy requiring restaurants to employ food protection managers.
Among them, he
said, "How do you implement [such a policy] in 24-hour of operations, where you may not have critical functions happening at one time, but you may at another?"
"There are a lot of issues that need to be worked out and we don't pretend to have all the answers to how they best need to be worked out," Kraemer