Apr. 12, 2022

HARRISBURG – In order to alleviate unnecessary and costly testing burdens for employers, Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer) announced today his bill aiming to repeal Act 215 of 1965, known as the Frozen Dessert Law, overwhelmingly passed the House Tuesday.

“Repealing this out-of-date law will eliminate the regulations promulgated under its authority and would support our business owners by doing away with costly and redundant bureaucratic processes, while still maintaining the safety of frozen desserts and protecting customers,” said Wentling. “This issue was brought to me by a constituent in western Mercer County, and I thank them for speaking to me about their concern.”

Current regulation states that businesses are required to conduct monthly standard plate count and coliform testing of each barrel of each soft serve and milkshake machine at a private laboratory, as well as follow testing protocols required in the milk sanitation regulations. After more than three million tests, there has never been an outbreak identified in frozen desserts at the retail level.

According to Wentling, House Bill 2212 would terminate the archaic, outdated and unnecessary law as other food safety laws and regulations ensuring the safety of frozen desserts remain in effect.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Parke Wentling
17th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Nate Temple