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 industry has a consistent set of rules 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, 25 TAC 229.210-225 - Current Good Manufacturing and Good Warehousing
Practice in Manufacturing, Packing, or Holding Human Food. The
program is also proposing a new rule – Sanitary Transportation of Human Food, 25
TAC 229.801-807 - Sanitary Transportation of Human Foods. The rule
proposals are based on rule making authority granted under Texas Health and
Safety Code Chapter §§431.241 and 244.
The proposed rules were posted in the Texas Register on March
3, 2017. The official comment period
lasts through May 2, 2017.
To review proposed rule language:
a. Visit the
Texas Register Website;
b. If you do
not have access to a computer or the ability to download and print the register
notice, request a copy of the proposed
rules by submitting a written request to:
Department of State Health Services
To submit comments:
a. Send written comments by email to: Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit written comments to address listed in 1) b. above.
Attend stakeholders meeting March 28, 2017 at 8:00 am, 8407
Wall Street, Austin Texas, Room N-102 to submit written or oral comments.
of Rule Proposal
1) Added a listing of the
all the federal rules adopted by reference in Health and Safety Code (HSC)
Chapter 431.244 and 245 including the risk based preventive control portions of
GMP and PC Rule.
2) Included new
definitions added in GMP and PC Rule.
3) Included new training
requirements for individuals who manufacture, process, pack or hold food.
exemptions outlined in various federal rules.
5) Included information
on records required to be maintained.
6) Included the current good manufacturing rule which has
been updated to include the new requirements in GMP and PC Rule:
a. Inclusion of
requirement to prevent cross contact for allergens
b. Removal of should
c. Change of shall to
7) Several state updates
a. Updating requirements
for vacuum packaged foods to be consistent with the Texas Food Establishment
Rules and new federal Preventive Control Rules.
requirements for handwashing and handwashing sinks in manufacturing facilities
and warehouse facilities.
c. Insertion of the word
internal before the term temperature.
8) Included requirements
for sanitary transportation for human food based on the Sanitary Transportation
If you have any questions regarding the proposed rules, the
stakeholder meeting, or the process for submitting comments please contact:
Foods Group Contacts
Julie Loera – Julie.email@example.com
or 512-834-6770 ext 2342
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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Fax: (512) 834-6618
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