When Will The New York City Food & Drug Administration Regulate Restaurants?
New York State’s Food & Drugs Administration has been working on a new policy, but will it affect restaurants in New York?
According to the New York Times, New York’s Food Safety & Inspection Department announced a rule change to the state’s liquor laws in November that would give the agency authority to regulate all food products that are served at restaurants.
However, the change would be voluntary, and the state will not regulate restaurants themselves.
“The Department has been exploring the possibilities of regulation of foodservice establishments and is in the process of determining the best means to achieve this objective,” the FDA stated.
“As part of its efforts to promote public health, the Food Safety Department is committed to a collaborative approach with the industry to ensure that all foodservice businesses are free to do business in New Jersey.”
While it’s still not clear exactly what the change will mean for restaurants, a recent New York Post article reported that the FDA would be looking at regulations of foods such as packaged food, beverages, and processed food, including those prepared by food service companies like Chipotle, Subway, and Olive Garden.
The article also reported that a group of local food activists were pressuring the agency to implement the rule change as soon as possible, arguing that New York needs more restaurants.
“This is really the first step for them to get on the same page and to get to a place where they’re going to have a consistent approach to regulation,” one New York-based food activist told the Post.
While it could be months before any rules are set in stone, there is one thing that is certain: New York is still working to change its law, and this could affect restaurants nationwide.
In June, the FDA announced a new rule that would allow the agency, through a process called “prospective rulemaking,” to propose new regulations that will govern the food industry.
The proposed rule would be made public after five years, and if it passes, it would take effect in 2019.
While the proposed rule is being considered by the FDA, a new proposal could be made in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s Department of Agriculture is already looking into a proposal to introduce a similar regulation to the city’s liquor law, but the idea of allowing the FDA to regulate foodservice outlets has also been brought up in other parts of the world.
In fact, the New Zealand government has already passed a similar law that allows the FDA the power to regulate any foodservice outlet.
As of July 1, 2017, New Zealand was the only country in the world where the FDA had the power over foodservice sales, and that could change in the near future.
According to New Zealand Government Minister of Agriculture and Food, the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Paula Bennett, said she has been “thinking about the possibility” of a new food law that would require the FDA “to act in a manner similar to New York”.
“This might mean we need to amend our laws to take into account what we’re going through and how we treat foodservice operators,” Bennett told Radio New Zealand at the time.
“There are a lot of different ways of doing things, so I’m looking at ways we can take it a bit further than New York.”
The New Zealand Food Safety and Inspection Department does not appear to have any plans to regulate restaurants.