If an animal food such as beef, eggs, fish, lamb, milk, pork, poultry, or shellfish is served or sold raw, undercooked, or without otherwise being processed to eliminate disease causing microorganisms (pathogens) the consumer must be made aware of the risk by providing the following written information:
Disclosure: Animal foods that are, or can be ordered raw or undercooked must be clearly identified.
Reminder: A written statement that identifies the health risk of consuming the raw or undercooked animal food must be provided.
Methods of compliance with Consumer Advisories requirements
Both Disclosure and Reminder components must be present to be in compliance.
- Disclosure must be at the point where food is selected by the consumer.
- Disclosure must identify the food items and specify that those food items are, or contain, raw or undercooked animal foods.
- You may use a description such as: Oysters on the half-shell (raw oysters), Raw-egg Caesar salad, or Hamburgers (cooked rare to order); or
- You may asterisk the food item and use a footnote that states the disclosure such as: “Served raw or undercooked”, or “Contains raw or undercooked ingredients”.
- The reminder may be on any page of the menu and located so that the consumer may easily find it, or
- On a placard, table tent, or by other written means.
- You may use a consumer advisory brochure in which case you would asterisk the undercooked animal food and provide a footnote that states: “Regarding the safety of these items, written information is available upon request”; or
- You may identify by asterisk the animal food that requires disclosure and use a footnote that states: “Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness”; or “Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.”
- Consumer advisory is not required when serving undercooked whole muscle, intact beef steaks when supported by written buyer specifications or invoices; or undercooked pasteurized eggs. A consumer advisory is required if you are serving Sushi since parasite control does not remove the risk of bacterial contamination and growth.
- Reminder: Raw or undercooked animal foods may not be served or offered for sale in a ready-to-eat form in facilities that serve Highly Susceptible Populations.