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          AB 1252 (Health Committee)
          As Amended August 20, 2013
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |76-0 |(April 25,      |SENATE: |39-0 |(September 6,  |
          |           |     |2013)           |        |     |2013)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    HEALTH  

           SUMMARY  :  Makes various technical, clarifying, and conforming  
          changes to the California Retail Food Code (CRFC), the state's  
          principal law governing food safety and sanitation in retail  
          food facilities, and makes changes necessary to implement  
          California's cottage food operations law.

           The Senate amendments  make numerous additional technical,  
          clarifying, and noncontroversial changes to the CRFC, including:  

          1)Cottage foods:

             a)   Clarifies that direct sales of cottage foods must take  
               place within the state;

             b)   Requires Class A cottage food operations, which are  
               required to register, but are not required to obtain a  
               permit, to renew their registrations annually;

             c)   Requires all cottage food operators to retain a copy of  
               their registration or permit onsite at the time of either  
               direct or indirect cottage food sale; and,

             d)   Requires cottage food producers to complete a food  
               processor course approved, rather than instructed, by the  
               Department of Public Health (DPH), require the course to be  
               taken every three years during operation, and require DPH  
               to post the course on its Web site.

          2)Bare hand contact:  

             a)   Repeals current law that requires employees to minimize  
               bare hand and arm contact with ready-to-eat food, and  


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               instead prohibits food employees from contacting exposed,  
               ready-to-eat food with their bare hands; and,

             b)   Provides an exception to the prohibition in a) above,  
               provided that the permitholder obtains prior approval from  
               the local enforcement agency, and written procedures and  
               documentation are maintained, as specified. 

          3)Temporary food facilities:

             a)   Allows specified temporary food facilities to provide an  
               adequate supply of utensils in lieu of warewashing  
               facilities, as specified, with approval of the local  
               enforcement agency; and,

             b)   Allows up to eight temporary food facilities to share a  
               warewashing sink, as specified, with the approval of the  
               local enforcement agency.
          4)Service animals: 

             a)   Clarifies that a service animal in training qualifies as  
               a service animal for purposes of the CRFC; and,

             b)   Deletes a requirement that the work or tasks performed  
               by a service animal be directly related to an individual's  

          5)Makes numerous additional minor, technical, and clarifying  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs.

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Ben Russell / HEALTH / (916) 319-2097 

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