Environmental Health Division

The Retail Food Order serves as WCCHD’s guiding rules for Environmental Health on food service in Williamson County. This legally-reviewed update, which clarifies various areas, including defining “food” and “food establishment”, will provide an opportunity for better communication with stakeholders.

Changes include:
  • Adopt the FDA Food Code and update statute and regulation references
  • Grammar corrections and specifications
  • Definitions (source: FDA 2022 Food Code)
  • Provides process to exempt nonprofit organizations
  • Changes application process from written paper to online
  • Added a new requirement for businesses to report when sold/closed
  • Removed Food Handler training process (no longer in practice)
  • Outlined requirements for application and plan review
  • Included new rule (a certified food protection manager shall be present at the food establishment during all hours of operation as required in FDA Food Code, §2-101.11 and §2-102.12
  • Reduced time for appeal request from 20 to 5 days

Feedback on the proposed changed may be submitted via email to: EH@wilco.org
A Public Hearing is set for Wed. Jun. 14, 2023 at 1:30pm during the Board of Health Meeting at 355 Texas Ave., Round Rock, TX 78664

Related Information
View Current Retail Food Order (2016)
View Proposed Redlined Retail Food Order (2023)
View Presentation

WCCHD Environmental Health Division is dedicated to preventing illnesses due to environmentally-related diseases and injuries. We monitor and investigate environmental public health problems and serve as a community resource to educate people about environmental public health issues.

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