The FDA has released the 2017 edition of the FDA Food Code. ( FDA logo )

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released the 2017 edition of the FDA Food Code.

The code, according to a news release, is a model regulation that provides all levels of government and industry with practical, science-based guidance and manageable provisions for reducing the known risks of foodborne illness. The 2017 FDA Food Code is available at FDA's website.

The release said the Food Code is FDA’s best advice for food safety practices at retail and foodservice operations.

Compared with previous editions, the 2017 Food Code establishes a more standardized approach in controlling food safety hazards within a retail environment according to the release.

Significant changes to the 2017 Food Code, according to the release include the following:

  • Revised requirement for the Person in Charge to be a Certified Food Protection Manager;
  • Added a new section that addresses the use of bandages, finger cots or finger stalls; and
  • Updated procedures for retail food establishment operations to continue during an extended water or electrical outage.