According to the health department, inspectors went out on Thursday to investigate a complaint about dogs on the premises of Three Spirits Brewery and said inspectors advised management of the rules. "We want people to enjoy their pets but they have to do it in a legal way, said Lynn Lathan, with the Mecklenburg County Healthy Department. Lathan said establishments with a food service permit arent allowed to have pets inside unless its an approved service animal. Many breweries in the area dont cook or prepare food inside. Instead, food trucks or delivered food options are available to patrons. Health officials say the type of glasses and utensils used can dictate whether an establishment needs a food service permit. The reason why facilities that only do the multi-use glassware are under permit is because you can spread disease through glassware, Lathan said. Per North Carolina Food Code, food establishments are not allowed to have animals on the premises, including dining areas, unless they are service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. "If a brewery has a food establishment permit, and both Three Spirits and NODA brewery do, they are subject to this restriction," health department officials said. "Some food establishments and bars have North Carolina ABC private club mixed beverage permits and by Statute are exempt from the rules and therefore the restriction would not apply to them." Health officials outlined a specific condition in the health code in which dogs and cats are not restricted from an outdoor dining area of a food establishment. (B) Live animals are allowed in the following situations if the owner or operator does not permit animals to physically contact food, serving dishes, utensils, tableware, linens, unwrapped single-service and single-use articles or other food service items that may result in contamination of food or food-contact surfaces and does not permit animals to physically contact employees engaged in the preparation or handling of food: (1) Fish or crustacea in aquariums or display tanks; (2) Patrol dogs accompanying police or security officers in offices and dining, sales, and storage areas; and sentry dogs in outside fenced areas; (3) Service animals accompanying persons with disabilities in areas that are not used for food preparation; (4) Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and cats (Felis catus) in outdoor dining areas; provided that dogs and cats are physically restrained, and do not pass through any indoor areas of the food establishment.
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REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi 1/4 left right Turkish military vehicles drive in the Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, as they head towards the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi 2/4 left right Turkish military vehicles drive in the Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, as they head towards the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi 3/4 left right Turkish military vehicles drive in the Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, as they head towards the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi 4/4 ANKARA Turkish warplanes and artillery have struck Islamic State targets in Syria, 'neutralizing' 38 of the group's militants, Turkey's military said in a statement on Thursday. In a round-up of its military operations over the last 24 hours in support of rebels in northern Syria, the army said air strikes by Turkish fighter jets on 28 Islamic State targets destroyed shelters, command centers, weapons and vehicles. The Turkish military operation, dubbed 'Euphrates Shield', was launched more than four months ago to drive Islamic State militants away from the border region. In recent weeks, the forces have been besieging the town of al-Bab. (Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) Next In World News
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