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Good news for dog-loving foodies: the FDA has updated its guidance, making it easier for pet parents to dine out with their furry companions. While the debate about dogs in restaurants has been ongoing, the FDA’s new update specifies that dogs are now allowed in outdoor dining areas, provided that the restaurant gives the green light. This change aims to strike a balance between pet owners’ desires and food safety concerns.
According to the updated FDA Food Code for 2022, restaurants can now welcome dogs in outdoor dining spaces as long as they adhere to the regulations. However, it’s important to note that this change applies uniformly to all breeds. The rule emphasizes that dogs aren’t permitted indoors or in areas where food is being prepared. This update doesn’t impact the status of registered service dogs, as they continue to have specific allowances.
Whitt Steineker, a food-and-beverage lawyer at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, highlights that the FDA’s intention is to reassure the public about food safety in the presence of dogs outdoors. While restaurants still have the autonomy to decide whether to welcome dogs or not, this new guidance opens up opportunities for pet parents to enjoy meals in the company of their four-legged friends. If you’re planning to take your pup to a dog-friendly restaurant, remember to ensure their good behavior, basic training, and grooming, making it a delightful experience for all diners.
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