[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Borough of Paulsboro 5-19-1941.]
FOOD ESTABLISHMENT — As used in this ordinance, and as herein defined, shall include only all restaurants, eating houses, drugstores, department stores, grocery stores, lunch wagons, vehicles selling box lunches, luncheonettes, saloons, delicatessens, catering establishments, whether located in the Borough of Paulsboro or doing business therein, curb service establishments selling food, bakery, confectionery, hotel and all other places where food is sold for consumption on the premises.
Every such food establishment where food is sold for consumption on the premises shall procure or obtain a license from the Board of Health, upon payment of the fee established in this ordinance.
Said license or permit may be transferred from one person to another for the same location, upon written consent of the Board of Health.
All licenses issued hereunder shall be in force and effect from the first day of July of the year in which they are issued, for a period of one year.
Every such licensee shall comply with and obey at all times all the laws of this state and of the United States, as well as all the ordinances and police regulations in force and operations relating to or concerning the business to be conducted under such license.
All licensees shall post and keep posted in a conspicuous place for the information of the employees, the rules and regulations of the Board of Health that shall be prescribed for the protection of the health, comfort and safety of its patrons, guests and employees, and such rules and regulations as the Board of Health shall from time to time promulgate.
Every building, room, basement and cellar of a food establishment shall be properly lighted, drained, plumbed and ventilated, and the operations carried on therein shall be conducted in such a manner that the purity and wholesomeness of the food therein produced, manufactured, prepared, packed, stored, sold or distributed shall not be impaired.
The floors, side walls, ceilings, furniture, receptacles, implements and machinery of every food establishment, and all vehicles used in the transportation of food products, shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
No person shall transport food in such a manner that the purity or wholesomeness thereof shall be impaired.
All food intended for distribution or sale in the process of production, manufacture, preparation, packing, storing or transportation shall be securely protected from flies, dust, dirt and, so far as possible, by the use of all reasonable means, from all other foreign or injurious contamination. The refuse, dirt and waste products subject to decomposition or fermentation shall be removed daily.
The clothing worn by all persons while engaged in work in any food establishment shall be in a clean condition at all times.
All employees of a food establishment who handle the material from which food intended for distribution or sale is prepared, or the finished product, shall, before beginning work and after visiting the toilet, wash their hands and arms thoroughly with clean water and soap. Every owner or manager of a food establishment shall provide adequate facilities for such washing and shall take all reasonable means to compel such persons to perform such washing.
All toilets, lavatories and washrooms shall be separate from the rooms where any process incident to the production, manufacture, preparation, packing, storage, sale or distribution of food is carried on and shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
No employer shall require, permit or allow any person to work, nor shall any person work, in any food establishment, who is affected with a communicable disease.
All persons, whether they are employers or employees, who handle the food of a food establishment, shall be required annually to undergo a Wassermann test by a duly qualified physician, and shall present to the Board of Health proof of the same.
No person or corporation shall operate or conduct a food establishment unless a license to conduct such business has first been issued by the Board of Health of the Borough of Paulsboro.
The Board of Health may inspect any food establishment and may grant a license to conduct such business if it is managed in a sanitary manner and in accordance with the requirements of law.
Such license shall be issued in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Board of Health, but no license shall be granted unless, in the judgment of the Board of Health, the business can be conducted in a cleanly manner and without creating a nuisance.
Any license issued pursuant to this ordinance may be revoked for any violation of this ordinance or of the rules and regulations of the local Board of Health or of any rule or regulation of the State Board of Health.
Whenever a person or corporation shall violate any provision as stated herein, the local Board of Health may, in its discretion, instead of prosecuting such person for the recovery of any prescribed penalty, cause an order to be served on such person or corporation, commanding him to discontinue or abate the violation or to make such improvements as may be necessary to abate the violation within a reasonable time to be fixed in the order of the local Board of Health. The order shall be in writing and the person receiving it shall have the right to be heard either in person or by Attorney before the Board of Health.
Any person who shall operate or conduct a food establishment in the Borough of Paulsboro in violation of any provision of this ordinance or of any rules or regulations of the local Board of Health or the State Board of Health, or who shall operate or conduct any such business without holding a license therefor, or refuse, neglect or fail to comply with any lawful order or requirement of the Board of Health, duly made in writing, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding $50 for the first offense and not exceeding $100 for the second offense, and shall be liable to a revocation of the license issued.
When any person shall violate any of the provisions of this ordinance or shall refuse to comply with any orders duly made in writing, each day upon which such violation occurs shall be deemed to constitute a distinct and separate violation, and each day elapsing after the expiration of the time limit fixed for the compliance with the said order in writing shall be deemed to constitute a distinct and separate offense.
The annual license fee to operate or conduct a food establishment in the Borough of Paulsboro shall be $1.