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Food rules need not cut off needy


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 18, 2014

~~<p>Stricter rules intended to maintain standards for the preparation of food for all, including the homeless, were necessary to more fully assure the safety of meals. But care must be taken to minimize the impact on people who need and rely on food service, especially in more remote parts of the state where distances between state-certified kitchens could stand in the way of getting hungry people fed.</p>
<p>Since 2007, kitchens preparing food for the homeless have been allowed to operate outside some of the normal state Department of Health restrictions imposed on kitchens, under an emergency exemption. That exemption is lapsing, being replaced by more stringent regulations that, officials said, will reduce the risk of contamination by food- and water-borne microbes that cause disease.</p>
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Stricter rules intended to maintain standards for the preparation of food for all, including the homeless, were necessary to more fully assure the safety of meals. But care must be taken to minimize the impact on people who need and rely on food service, especially in more remote parts of the state where distances between state-certified kitchens could stand in the way of getting hungry people fed.

Since 2007, kitchens preparing food for the homeless have been allowed to operate outside some of the normal state Department of Health restrictions imposed on kitchens, under an emergency exemption. That exemption is lapsing, being replaced by more stringent regulations that, officials said, will reduce the risk of contamination by food- and water-borne microbes that cause disease. Login for more...



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