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New rules for food establishments

April 4, 2006

Valdosta - The Georgia Division of Public Health is setting new rules for food service establishments, and changing the way they score restaurants.

You won't see number grades posted in Georgia restaurants much longer.  Food inspectors will now give each establishment a letter grade. It's also mandatory that anyone preparing any kind of food wear gloves, and all restaurants must have a certified food safety manager on staff.

"That’s a person who’s trained on all the new rules, handling, preparing, and storing food properly," said Jennifer Steedley, Public Information Officer for the South Health District.

The new rules took effect February 15th, but food establishments have a nine month grace period. Environmental health officials will start issuing citations for violators in November.