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Food Establishments Group

The following model county order and city ordinance are provided for your use as templates in developing a county or municipal retail food program. Under Chapter 437 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, counties and public health districts "by order" may permit retail food establishments and enforce state law and rules adopted under state law. Under the municipal code, home-rule cities and Type A General Law Municipalities may enact local ordinances that must be at least as stringent as state laws and rules, but may be more stringent. These are models only and we suggest contacting your local city, county or district attorney for specific advice and guidance in local enactment of orders and ordinances.

County Model Order Word 28KB PDF 14KB
City Model Ordinance Word 32KB PDF 15KB

The following model order is to assist counties and public health districts adopt requirements for certified food managers (CFM).

CFM Model Order Word 31KB PDF 18KB

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Last updated August 24, 2011