Seneca Nation Food Code - COMMENT PERIOD OPEN

In October of 2019, the Seneca Nation Health System’s Environmental Health Unit will submit a request to the Seneca Nation of Indian’s Council for the approval of a Seneca Nation Food Code. The adoption of a Seneca Nation Food Code asserts that the Seneca Nation has inherent sovereign authority to self-regulate all commerce conducted within Nation Territories in order to protect the integrity, health and welfare, and economic security of the Nation, its Members, and all Territory’s residents and visitors. The Seneca Nation Food Code encompasses retail sale, wholesale, food distribution, commercial and institutional service. The food safety reports define permit holder, person in charge, food, time/temperature control for food safety, food establishment, safe material, sanitization and other terms; and prove standards for employee food safety knowledge, health, and practices. It oversees food sources, preparation, holding temperatures, and protection; equipment design, construction, installation, cleaning, and sanitization;water, and liquid and solid wastes. It also includes facilities construction and maintenance, and storage and use of poisonous and toxic materials. Finally, it outlines conditions for permit requirements to operate a food establishment (including temporary vendors), the examination and condemnation of food, and the enforcement of this code.

A copy of the proposed Seneca Nation Food Code, is on file at Seneca Nation Health System’s Lionel R. John Health Center at 987 RC Hoag Drive, Salamanca, NY 14779 or Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center at 36 Thomas Indian School Drive, Irving, NY 14081 as well as the Seneca Nation Clerk’s Office in the William Seneca Building at 12837 Route 438, Irving, New York 14081 and Clerk’s Office in the Seneca Allegany Administration Building at 90 Ohi:yo’ Way, Salamanca, NY, 14779 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the Seneca Nation Food Code to the Seneca Nation Health System, ATTN: Environmental Health, PO Box 500, Salamanca, New York 14779.

All comments received by September 13, 2019 will be considered by the Seneca Nation Health System’s Environmental Health Unit prior to the submission of the Council Resolution - To Reaffirm and Update the Model Food Code adopted by the Seneca Nation.

You may also send questions or comments via email to Elissa Parker at [email protected]