15a ncac 18a .3313 MECHANICAL CLEANING AND SANITIZING
(a) Machine or water line mounted numerically scaled indicating thermometers, accurate to ±3°F (± 1.5°C), shall be provided for commercial dishwashing equipment to indicate the temperature of the water in each tank of the machine and the temperature of the final rinse water as it enters the manifold.
(b) Drainboards or counter top space of adequate size for the proper handling of soiled utensils prior to washing and cleaned utensils following sanitization shall be provided.
(c) Equipment and utensils shall be flushed or scraped and, when necessary, soaked to remove large food particles and soil prior to being washed in a dishwashing machine unless a prewash cycle is a part of the dishwashing machine operation. Equipment and utensils shall be placed in racks, trays, or baskets, or on conveyors, in a way that food‑contact surfaces are exposed to the unobstructed application of detergent wash and clean rinse waters and that permits free draining.
(d) Machines using chemicals for sanitization may be used provided that a testing method or equipment is available, convenient, and used to test chemical sanitizers to insure minimum prescribed strengths.
(e) All dishwashing machines shall be thoroughly cleaned at least once a day or more often when necessary to maintain them in operating condition.
(f) After sanitization, all equipment and utensils shall be air dried.
History Note: Authority G.S. 130A-235;
Eff. August 1, 2002.