Establishment Rules

In October 1998, the Texas Department of Health adopted the Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) as the minimum food code for the State of Texas. In February 2000, and after an extensive review of the TFER by the Mesquite Health Department, the Mesquite City Council adopted the TFER with certain amendments. The amendments  to the TFER reflect the requirements of food service establishments operating within the City of Mesquite prior to the adoption of the TFER by the Texas Department of Health.  Mesquite City Ordinance 3768 details the amendments to the TFER as adopted by the Mesquite City Council. A copy of the TFER without amendments may be downloaded at :

www.dshs.state.tx.us/foodestablishments/pdf/TFERFIMSeptember282006.pdf .