Altered Definition of PIC in the Newest Federal Food Code

Person In Charge (PIC) . . . Until recently this meant  anyone on the food service staff designated to be the PIC. The PIC was not required to be on-site at all times, nor required to be a certified manager. As of 2017, the FDA changed the meaning in the Federal Food. The paragraph below is the new definition.

Person in Charge. The person in charge (PIC) shall be a certified food protection manager who has shown proficiency of required information through passing a test that is part of an accredited program and be on-site at all times while the facility is in operation. Also, this person must be designated in writing as the PIC.

Here is how it affects companies regulated by the Federal Food Code or by states which adopt the Federal Food Code:  Now, the PIC has to be a certified food protection manager, and must be on site. This requirement increases responsibility and accountability, which will drive food safety. It will also mean that food service establishments will need to have more certified food protection managers, so that every shift will have a certified manager on site at all times.

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