DEC seeks public comment on
Alaska Food Code
Schedules public workshops
January 25, 2005
Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
(DEC) will hold a workshop in Ketchikan and workshops throughout
the state to solicit public comment on the updated Alaska Food
The proposed changes include
an enhanced food safety program, Active Managerial Control (AMC).
AMC requires food establishments to have standard operating procedures
and a self-assessment process to be conducted by trained and
certified food protection managers and food handlers.
DEC's Environmental Health
Director, Kristin Ryan, says DEC will continue to inspect food
establishments, but food will be safer under the new regulations.
"We're not stepping out of the food safety business, we're
stepping up. Despite our best efforts, we knew that inspections
alone were not enough to ensure food safety throughout the state,"
Ryan said. "Under the new program, we will continue
inspections and have a system in place that ensures your food
is safely prepared by trained and knowledgeable food handlers."
DEC also will now be able to establish civil fines for serious,
Workshops are scheduled from
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the following locations:
January 27 - Ketchikan - Ted
Ferry Civic Center, 888 Venetia Ave.
January 28 - Juneau - DEC, 410 Willoughby, Main Conf. Room,
February 3 - Soldotna - Kenai Borough Building, Assembly Chamber
February 4 - Fairbanks - Noel Wien Library, 1215 Cowles St.
February 23 - Palmer - Matsu Telephone Assn., 480 Commercial
February 25 - Bethel - Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and
Museum, 420 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway
March 2 - Anchorage - Federal Building, Exec. Dining Rm., 222
March 3 - Glennallen - New Caribou Restaurant, Mile 187 Glenn
March 4 - Valdez - Valdez Civic Center
DEC is taking public comment
until 5 PM, March 15, 2005.
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