New food safety rules go into effect today for restaurants in North Carolina.
North Carolina has implemented a new food code to help avoid food-borne illnesses like noroviruses and salmonella.
Under the new rules employees must avoid handling ready to eat food with their bare and all restaurants must have a certified food protection manager during operating hours.
Restaurant owners also must establish employee health policies to ensure that an ill employee who has the potential to contaminate food is not involved in the preparation or serving of food.
Restaurant rating systems also will change under the new food code. Although sanitation rating cards showing the grade and score will continue to be posted, restaurants will no longer earn a bonus for completing voluntary food safety training since certification will be required.