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TEHA Presidential Message

Message from the 2014-15 TEHA President Joanna Meyer

Greetings Texas Environmental Health Association Members…

   

 

Members,

 

Last week, it was a great honor to represent TEHA during the Texas Department of State Health Services Council meeting by testifying in support of going forward to adopting the new Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) rules.

 

Thank you to all of those who showed support during this crucial step to adopting the new TFER rules.  We had letters of support from local chapters, municipalities, and the private sector along with having great representation at the meeting. A special thank you goes out to Josh Ramirez from City of McAllen and Adrian Escobedo from A-Plus Food Services that testified in addition to Albert Espinosa from HEB that provided a letter along with attending the meeting.  

 

I am pleased to announce that the Texas Department of State Health Services Council voted to recommend to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) that the Repeal the rules and New Rules concerning the Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) go forward.

 

This is a huge success because this proposed code is based on the FDA 2013 food code and will bring Texas up to the current code requirements that have changed as a result of research and/or best practice upgrades  

 

The updated code will allow many of the health districts in the state to be in compliance with Standard 1 of the FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Program Standards. Standard 1 requires that Texas have a food code that is no more than 1 version behind the FDA and in compliance with current measures to handle the risk of foodborne illness. The TFER in its current form is based on the 2001 FDA Food Code.

 

With that being said, there are still a few more very complicated steps in this process before the new rules turn into law. The link below is for all who are interested in knowing the details of the process.

 

http://online.dshs.state.tx.us/rulemaking/default.htm

 

 

TEHA will continue to keep you updated during this process. Thank you again for all of the support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Joanna Meyer, R.S.

President