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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 421. Food Regulations

12VAC5-421-3570. Variances.

A. The commissioner or his designee may grant a variance to this chapter by following the appropriate procedures set forth in this section and 12VAC5-421-3580.

B. The commissioner or the commissioner's designee may grant a variance if he finds that the hardship imposed, which may be economic, outweighs the benefits that may be received by the public and that granting such a variance does not subject the public to unreasonable health risks or environmental pollution.

C. Any owner or permit holder who seeks a variance shall apply in writing . The request shall be sent to the local health department. The application shall include:

1. A citation to the regulation from which a variance is requested;

2. The nature and duration of the variance requested;

3. Any relevant analytical results including result of relevant tests conducted pursuant to the requirements of these regulations;

4. Statements or evidence which establishes that the public health, welfare and environment would not be adversely affected if the variance were granted;

5. Suggested conditions that might be imposed on the granting of a variance that would limit the detrimental impact on the public health and welfare;

6. A HACCP plan if required as specified under 12VAC5-421-3620 A that includes the information specified under 12VAC5-421-3630 as it is relevant to the variance requested.

7. Other information believed pertinent by the applicant; and

8. Such other information as the district or local health department or commissioner may require.

Statutory Authority

§§ 35.1-11 and 35.1-14 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 10, eff. March 1, 2002; amended, Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 18, eff. June 10, 2021.

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