Food Safety and Sanitation Public Meetings

Posted on Aug 16, 2017

City to Discuss Food Safety and Sanitation Policies

Amarillo, TX – The City of Amarillo’s Environmental Health and Water Utilities departments are hosting a series of informational meetings about proposed ordinance changes that deal with food safety and a proposal to implement an enhanced wastewater pre-treatment program. These meetings are open to the public and will include a presentation from both Environmental Health and Water Utilities staff. The meetings will take place at various times at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex, Heritage Room B.

  • Wednesday, August 23rd, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 19th, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, August 18th, 2 – 4 p.m.

It has been more than 17 years since the last comprehensive update of the ordinances related to food safety in Amarillo. The Environmental Health department is seeking input from the food service industry and the general public regarding these changes to food safety rules and requirements. Staff will discuss full adoption of the State of Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER), mobile food units, and other food safety policies aimed at promoting and protecting the health and safety of the public.

In order to ensure the continued high level of sanitation within the City’s wastewater collection system, the Water Utilities department desires input on proposed changes to the commercial wastewater pre-treatment program. The program aims to improve utilization and maintenance of commercial wastewater pre-treatment systems such as grease water traps and grease interceptors used by food service establishments. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires municipal wastewater utilities to participate in the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) by implementing and maintaining a wastewater pre-treatment program. 

For more information about the meetings or the proposed food safety ordinance changes, please call the Environmental Health department at (806) 378-9472 or email them at [email protected]. Those with questions regarding the Water Utilities pre-treatment program are encouraged to call (806) 378-6028.

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