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City adopts new Food Service Regulations

The City of Park Ridge became one of the first municipalities in the region to adopt new food regulations based on a model and guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Since 1993, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has promulgated a food code.  This code provides the FDA’s best advice for a uniform system of provisions that address food safety and protection offered at food service establishments. The code is offered for adoption by local, state and federal government jurisdictions to help ensure that retail food regulations are modeled after the FDA Food Code.  The 2013 Food Code (8th edition) reflects the input of regulatory officials, industry, academia and consumers.

In July 2016, the State of Illinois, upon a proposal from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), officially incorporated the FDA’s 2013 Food Code into the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code (“Illinois Food Code”, 77 Ill. Adm. Code 750).  

The City Council of Park Ridge adopted the Illinois Food Code per Ordinance #2016-89 on December 19, 2016.  Some of the changes to the new food code include:

  • A new inspection form
  • A new scoring system
  • Categorization changes based on risk for food-borne illness
  • Changes in inspection times
  • Changes in documentation and record keeping procedures
  • PIC (person in charge) responsibilities

Park Ridge remains in the forefront following best practice and protocol for food safety, sanitation, and fairness in the food service industry.

To get a better understanding of the new food code, the City’s Environmental Health Division conducted informational meetings for food establishment owners in January 2017.  Upon request by any food service operator, officials from the City’s Health Division are able to conduct on-site mock inspections under the new code’s guidelines.  Those wishing to arrange such a mock inspection or to obtain additional information may contact Laura Dee, MM LEHP at 847/ 318-5319 or by email at

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