On the Menu: Labeling Reminds Consumers of Potential Foodborne Illness
March 6, 2013

One of my favorite breakfast restaurants is J. Christopher’s. If you haven’t been to one, you have to go! My plate of choice is their Eggs Christopher: two poached eggs, smoked turkey, bacon and sliced tomato on top of an English muffin with Hollandaise sauce. YUM!!!

While searching the menu of your favorite breakfast restaurant next time you’re chowing down, keep an eye out for the consumer advisory label. You may have seen it but not really noticed it. The consumer advisory label looks something like the statement below:

Consumer Advisory: Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions. 

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Code requires that if an animal product, such as beef, fish, lamb, eggs, milk, poultry or shellfish, is raw, undercooked or not otherwise processed to eliminate pathogens offered in a ready-to-eat form, a consumer advisory is required. This consumer advisory must identify risky foods on the menu as well as display a statement on menus, deli cases, stickers, placards, and/or other written means to warn consumers that consuming raw or undercooked products may increase their risk of foodborne illness.