|Sec. 31. Evaluation of Food Establishment.
- It shall be the duty of the Provincial, Municipal or City Health Officer to cause an inspection and evaluation of every food establishment requiring a permit for its
operations, at least every six months and shall cause as many additional inspection and re-inspections and evaluation to be made as are necessary for the
enforcement of the provision of this Chapter.
During the inspection or evaluation carried out at least every six months, the inspector shall record his findings on an inspection form provided for the purpose and
shall furnish the original of such report to the holder of sanitary permit, the manager or occupier of the premises. Demerits entered in the appropriate column
inspections forms shall indicate that the item does not, in the opinion of the inspector, comply with the requirements of this regulation. Within 48 hours of the
inspection or evaluation, the original of the inspection report shall be furnished the holder of the permit certificate, the manager or occupier of the food
establishment. Whenever an inspection form issued indicates noncompliance items relating to any particular type of premises,the inspector shall notify the holder
of the sanitary permit,the manager or occupier of the correction to be made and indicate a reasonable period for its compliance. If upon upon reinspection after the
deadline the inspector finds the correction has not been effected he shall forthwith report to the Health Officer and the Health Officer shall revoke the sanitary
permit. A copy of the inspection form and any notices served shall, in all cases be filed and kept by the local health authority and be available at all reasonable time
for inspection by an officer of the Department of Health.
a. Service of Notice - Whenever an inspection or evaluation report form indicates non-complying items, the Health Officer of the Province, Municipality or City may
cause to be served on the holder of the permit, the manager or occupier a notice requiring him, within the time stated in the notice, to take such remedial action as
may be specified therein. In the event within the time stated in the notice, the terms of the first notice are not complied with,the Health Officer may cause to be
served on the holder of the permit, the manager or occupier a second notice calling on him to show cause, at all time and place stated in the notice, why the permit
issued in respect of the food establishment should not be revoked.
b. Revocation of Permits - After prior notice and hearing as provided above, the Health Officer, if satisfied that the terms of the notices have not been complied with
or that the failure to comply therewith is not excusable, shall revoke the said permit.
c. Summary Suspension of Permits - Whenever the Provincial, Municipal or City Health Officer finds unsanitary or unhealthy conditions in the operation of a food
establishment which in his judgment constitute a substantial hazard to the public health, the Health Officer may order the immediate suspension of the permit. Any
person to whom such an order is issued written petition shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible.
d. Appeals - The person or panel conducting the hearing may confirm, modify or reverse the decision appealed from, which decision shall be final.
e. Protection of Food - Notwithstanding the other provisions of this regulation relating to the issuance of permit, every person who is engaged in the sale of food or
in the manufacture, preparation, storage, packing or delivery of food for sale shall protect such food from contamination.
f. Power of Entry - Any sanitary Inspector or duly authorized officer of the Department of Health or of the Provincial, Municipal or City Health Officer, upon presentation
of power credentials may at all reasonable times enter any premises engaged in the manufacture, preparation, or packing of any article of food for sale or any
premises used for any of the purposes referred to in this Code for the purpose of inspection or any other action necessary for administration of this Code.
Sec. 32. Special Provisions. -
a. Groceries or "Sari-Sari'"Stores
1. No grocery or sari-sari store shall be established within a distance of 25 meters from any source of contamination.
2. All foods which require no further cooking before they are eaten shall be protected from contamination while in countries or showcases.
b. Bakeries -
1. Delivery trucks and carts of bakery products shall always be kept clean and sanitary.
c. Dairies -
1.No dairy shall keep unhealthy or infected cows, carabaos or goats for the production of mild, or feed them unwholesome food which produces impure or
2. No animals used for the production of milk shall be allowed to graze on land which has been contaminated by radioactivity.
3. No dairy shall sell unwholesome milk that has not been previously pasteurized or otherwise sterilized.
d. Ice Plants -
1. Only potable water shall be used in the manufacture of ice.
2. In storing and transporting ice intended for public consumption, precautionary measures shall be taken to protect the ice from sources of contamination.
e. Ambulant Food Vendors -