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Restaurants heat up Portsmouth food code debate

Thursday, September 28, 2017  
Posted by: Taylor Salvato
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Restaurants heat up Portsmouth food code debate
By: Elizabeth Dinan

Nineteen city restaurants were represented at a forum to discuss the city’s proposed new food code on Monday, when rules, appeals and mandates were debated.

The city is proposing adoption of a 2009 federal food code, which Mike Somers, president and chief executive officer of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association previously said is based on “good food safety science.” Somers said the city is also proposing pages of amendments, some of which he said his local members don’t understand, so they’re unsure if they should support or oppose them.

Deputy City Manager Nancy Colbert Puff previously said the current ordinance says the city should follow state regulations and the proposed amendments do the same, but are more specific to Portsmouth.

City regulations, outside the proposed food code, were the topic of much debate at Monday’s meeting. Representing Martignale Wharf and The Rosa restaurant, developer Mark McNabb said his opening of the Martingale was delayed because of a rule or regulation prohibiting a kitchen from being located below the elevation of a sewer main.


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