Enforcement - University of Houston
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Regulations, rules, and use of enforcement methods set forth by the Texas Food Establishment Rules Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) (PDF) will be used to ensure compliance for all foodservice establishments on campus and will be additionally monitored in compliance with federal health rules and regulations, U.S Food and Drug Administration Food Code

 When deemed out of compliance, we may:

 Seek administrative remedy to achieve compliance.

  • Place a hold order on food that
    • Originate from an unapproved source
    • May be unsafe, adulterated, or not honestly presented
    • Is not labeled according to law
    • Is otherwise not in compliance with the FDA Food Code or TFER
    • Has reasonable cause to believe that the hold order will be violated or finds that the order is violated; the food safety specialist may remove the food.
  • Restrict or exclude a food employee from handling food who is suspected of being infected or diseased.
  • Cease operations if an imminent health hazard exists because of an emergency such as a fire, flood, extended interruption of electrical or water service, sewage backup, misuse of poisonous or toxic materials, onset of an apparent foodborne illness outbreak, gross insanitary occurrence or condition, or other circumstances that may endanger public health.
    • If operations are discontinued, the food establishment must obtain approval from the food safety team before resuming operations.
    • It is the responsibility of the food establishment to contact the food safety team if an imminent health hazard is occurring.