Notice of Rulemaking
In September 2015 and April 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration finalized the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard
Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and the Sanitary
Transportation of Human and Animal Food, respectively
The DSHS Foods program wants to ensure that regulated
industry has a consistent set of regulations to follow regardless of whether
they are being inspected by the federal or state government. The DSHS
Foods program is proposing to repeal the current 25 TAC 229.210-222 - Current
Good Manufacturing and Good Warehousing Practice in Manufacturing, Packing, or
Holding Human Food and proposing a substitute rule. The program is also
proposing a new rule – Sanitary Transportation of Human Food. The rule proposals are based on rule making
authority granted under Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter §§431.241 and 244.
Below you will find links to our proposed new
language. This is the current draft language of the rule being proposed
to the DSHS council, but it is likely there will additional changes before
proposal. We are planning to propose this package at the August 18, 2016 DSHS
proposal and posting in the Texas Register, there will be an official comment
The program, however, would like to hear if you have any
comments at this time regarding the proposed language before the proposed rules
go to the Council. If you have any concerns, questions, or general
comments about the proposal as currently written, please provide your comments
no later than Thursday June 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm. In
addition, staff will be available to take oral comments or answer questions concerning
the new rules on Tuesday June 21, 2016 from 8:00 am -12:00 pm at the DSHS Campus 1100
W. 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756 in K-100.
Just to be clear, this is not your only opportunity to
comment. There will be an official comment period in the early fall after the
proposed rules are posted in the Texas Register.
This website will be updated periodically with new information as the rule moves forward in the rule making process.
Related Licenses and Information
This website contains information on licensure and regulation of food manufacturers, food wholesalers, and warehousing facilities. For information on other topics, please see the program websites listed below:
Regulatory authority has been granted to DSHS, under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and the Food Drug, and Cosmetic Salvage Act of the Texas Health and Safety Code, to prevent the unlawful manufacture or distribution of adulterated and misbranded food. In addition to the regulatory responsibilities, focus is directed to food safety and the education of firms that manufacture and wholesale food in the State of Texas.
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For Food Manufacture/Wholesale/Warehouse Program Inquiries
Email: Foods Group
Phone: (512) 834-6670
Fax: (512) 834-6681
For Licensing Assistance
Email: Foods Licensing Group
Phone: (512) 834-6626
Fax: (512) 834-6618
Mailing addresses may be found on the contact page.