EDMOND — Edmond businesses could get a $100 break each year if the city council decides to do away with a city license for food handlers.
“I really wonder how we had become the food police,” City Clerk Nancy Nichols said.
More than 300 food service businesses have been required to get food handlers licenses from Edmond and from the Oklahoma City/County Health Department. Edmond has been requiring the license since 1983, Nichols said.
“We are trying to be more business-friendly,” Nichols said. “They were required to get a double license, and we never realized that.”
The duplication was discovered as part of the city's ongoing efforts to streamline operations.
Council members will consider repealing the 29-year-old license ordinance during their 5:30 p.m. Monday meeting at 20 S Littler Ave.
The ordinance was adopted at the request of the city-county health department. The cost is $100 with $50 going to the health department to conduct the inspection.
The license is renewed every year and includes an annual inspection.
In 1995, a second city ordinance was adopted requiring one employee at the business to have a food operator's certificate, which is obtained by attending a class at the health department.
I really wonder how we had become the food police.”