The consumer advisory consists of two parts: a reminder and disclosure (3-603.11 A).
The goal of the reminder (3-603.11 C) is to inform consumers of the increased risk of illness from eating raw or undercooked foods. This can be accomplished by placing a written statement anywhere on the menu, placard, table tent, or by other written means. The reminder requirement can be satisfied by the following statements, or any similar variation.
“Thoroughly cooking food of animal origin, including but not limited to beef, eggs, fish, lamb, milk, poultry, or shellstock reduces the risk of food borne illness. Young children, the elderly, and individuals with certain health conditions may be at a higher risk if these foods are consumed raw or undercooked.” (3-401.11 D)
“Written information regarding the safety of these items is available upon request.” (3-603.11 C)
“Consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, shellstock, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.” (3-603.11 C)
“Consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, shellstock, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness, especially in case of certain medical conditions.” (3-603.11 C)
The goal of the disclosure (3-603.11 B) is to point out the specific menu items that carry an increased risk of foodborne illness. This can be completed by making a clear identification of specific menu items containing raw or undercooked animal products.
The most common way to disclose menu items is to place an asterisk (*) next to each menu item that contains raw or undercooked animal products. An asterisk should also be placed next to the reminder statement to link the menu items to the reminder.