Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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August 8, 2006

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In This Section:
Columbia, Mo., Puts Lighting Changes On Hold
New Georgia Food Code Battle Continues
Food In Duluth Might Get Mandatory Second Life, And Third...
Correction: California Suspends Proposed AB 1953 Lead Law

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Columbia, Mo., Puts Lighting Changes On Hold
City planners in Columbia, Mo., are holding off on a proposed ordinance that would limit lighting in new developments. As written, the ordinance would have prohibited lighting poles over 25 feet tall, minimize "spillage" of light onto neighboring property and require that security lights be turned off two hours after stores close.

Developers objected to these and other provisions at a public hearing last month, raising questions about vague language used to describe light spillage. The city's Planning and Zoning Commission plans to take public comments into account and tweak the proposal for another hearing this month.

The delays will likely hold up a city council vote on a final proposal until October.


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New Georgia Food Code Battle Continues
A public comment period on proposed changes to Georgia's food code closed on July 27 without any resolution.

Representatives from the Georgia Restaurant Association and several other organizations spoke at a public hearing about the need for additional changes before the code is adopted.

The GRA says that Georgia's Department of Human Resources has done an admirable job so far of listening to its concerns about more closely matching the state code to the FDA Model Food Code. But the GRA and the state are still at loggerheads over issues involving the state's health inspection system.

The new food code adopts a letter grading system for restaurants. GRA reps say that's no problem as long as the grades are accompanied by a numerical score, and inspections are fair and clearly understood.

The DHR now must wade through a stack of written comments and decide whether to incorporate some into a final draft or open an additional public comment period.

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Food In Duluth Might Get Mandatory Second Life, And Third...
Minnesota's Western Lake Superior Sanitary District wants your leftovers, and it's not taking no for an answer. A proposed regulation put forth by WLSSD would require some 150 restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, food manufacturers, colleges and grocery stores in the Duluth, MInn., area to recycle food waste.

Smaller restaurants that don't prepare much of their own food would be exempted, as would grocery stores under 7,500 sq. ft.

The ordinance, which already cleared a public hearing, focuses only on recycling pre-consumer food. You won't have to recycle food left on customers' plates, though many area stores do already.

WLSSD hopes to get as much of the usable food waste as possible to needy people first, or if impractical, then to livestock.

Spoiled food or food that can't be salvaged will go to the compost facility. WLSSD opened a composting center in 2001, and about 60 area restaurants voluntarily recycle food now.

"People, pigs and peonies," in that order, should get the food, one local official said. If approved this month as expected, the ordinance will take effect in November '07.

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Correction: California Suspends Proposed AB 1953 Lead Law
Sometimes things get garbled in translation. In the most recent FER Fortnightly, July 25, we reported proposed California AB 1953, legislation dealing with allowable lead content in a variety of plumbing components, as a done deal. It wasn't. The hotly contested legislation had barely passed a House Assembly vote, but then it still would have had to clear the Senate, And because it had been amended, it'd have to go back to the Assembly again.

None of which is happening now. The state has suspended the proposal, put it on hold while reviewing numerous technical aspects that put its advancement in serious doubt.

The legislation would change the state's definition of "lead-free" in connection with pipes and plumbing fittings used to convey potable water for human consumption as well as for cooking.

Existing law says that "lead-free" pipes may contain no more than 8% lead, and plumbing fixtures only 4% lead by dry weight. The proposed bill would put in place a new measurement standard that says the weighted average lead content of the wetted surface area of the pipes, fittings, and fixtures can't be more than 0.25%. The law provides the formula to determine whether pipes, fittings and fixtures comply. Jan. 1, 2010, would be the effective date.

Representatives from manufacturers, NSF Int'l., the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute and others have fought the bill, asserting existing standards are sufficient and safe, that plumbing fixtures currently pass tests showing no meaningful lead contribution, and that the proposed standard is arbitrary and without scientific merit. PMI also notes no faucet currently on the market could meet the new standard.

The bill was formally suspended when information supplied by proponents of the bill was found to be incorrect.

For more information on the bill and the battle, search the Internet for the phrase AB 1953.

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