The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created the Model Food Code to establish uniform regulations for food safety in every state. The requirements for food safety and sanitation practices in restaurants are created by each state's health department. However, the FDA has created the Model Food Code to help guide health departments as to what requirements restaurants should follow. This establishes a nationwide standard that makes following guidelines easier for those required to follow them. For instance, a restaurant owner could open restaurants in multiple states and still follow the same standards in all the restaurants. The Model Food Code is not a federal law, but merely a set of recommendations for states to follow. This means it is within the discretion of each state's health department to incorporate these recommendations. Some state health departments have based many of their regulations on the Code, while others have taken very little from it if anything at all.
The Model Food Code deals with all aspects on running a restaurant and gives recommendations on how to include safety and sanitation into all steps. Some subjects covered in the Code are:
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