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DPH, Kentucky Restaurant Association Warn of Incorrect Mailing to Kentucky Restaurants

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  Guy Delius (502) 564-7398 or
Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace(502)564-6786

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the Kentucky Restaurant Association (KRA) are warning Kentucky restaurant owners that a recent mass mailing included phony information about laws related to handwashing signs.

Recently, Kentucky restaurants received a mailing from a company with a Frankfort address called “Kentucky Food Service Compliance Center” offering to sell handwashing informational posters. The mailing warns of a new federal law that requires handwashing posters be posted, including fines up to $2,500 and possible license revocation if handwashing posters are not posted in restaurants. No such law exists.

"We encourage informational signage that supports food safety and good personal hygiene that helps our food service establishments and employees practice good habits. However, there are no provisions in Kentucky to penalize, impose fines or suspend permits if handwashing posters are not present as the mailing purports. Much of the information in this mailing in not accurate for Kentucky,” said Guy Delius, assistant director of DPH's Division of Public Health Protection and Safety.

This mailing has also been received by restaurants in Michigan, Virginia, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kansas, South Dakota and Montana. Government agencies are investigating the mailing of this information nationwide.

"We wanted to inform our food industry that this recent mailing is not affiliated with a government agency and we wanted them to have the facts before purchases are made,” said Clyde Bolton, director of DPH's Division of Public Health Protection and Safety.

Stacy Roof of the KRA encourages members to contact the KRA office at (502)-896-0464 if they have additional questions. You may also contact the local health department food safety office in your county or the Department for Public Health’s food safety office at (502) 564-7181.



Last Updated 8/24/2006