15A NCAC 18A .2672       SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR MOBILE FOOD UNITS

(a)  A mobile food unit shall be constructed and arranged so that food, drink, utensils, and equipment will not be exposed to insects, dust, and other contamination.  Protection against flies and other insects shall be provided by screening or by effective use of fans.  Where food or griddles are exposed to the public or to dust or insects, they shall be protected by glass, or otherwise, on the front, top, and ends, and exposed only as much as may be necessary to permit the handling and serving of food.

(b)  A mobile food unit shall have a potable water system under pressure.  The system shall furnish hot and cold water for all food preparation, utensil cleaning, and handwashing.  The water inlet shall be located so that it will not be contaminated by waste discharge, road dust, oil, or grease and it shall be kept capped unless being filled.

(c)  Water heating facilities shall be provided.

(d)  A handwashing sink with hot and cold water, combination supply faucet, soap, and single-service towels shall be provided.

(e)  At least a one-compartment sink shall be provided.  The sink shall be of sufficient size to submerge, wash, rinse, and sanitize utensils and shall have splashback protection.  Drainboards shall be provided as specified in Section 4-301.13 of the Food Code as amended by Rule .2654 of this Section to accommodate the drying of washed utensils.  However, in cases where no food is prepared on the mobile food unit and all utensils are effectively cleaned at the commissary, the equipment sink is not required.

(f)  Sewage disposal must be provided either by means of an approved sewage disposal system or approved sewage storage tanks.  Sewage storage tanks must be maintained in a manner so as not to create a health hazard or nuisance and to prevent contamination of food or water supply.  Toilets are not required on the unit.  Liquid waste that results from the operation of a mobile food unit shall be disposed in an approved sewage disposal system or stored in a permanently installed sewage storage tank that is of at least 15 percent larger capacity than the water supply tank.  Liquid waste shall not be discharged from the sewage storage tank when the mobile food unit is in motion.  All connections on the vehicle for servicing mobile food unit waste disposal facilities shall be of a different size or type than those used for supplying potable water to the mobile food unit.  The waste connection shall be located lower than the water inlet connection to preclude contamination of the potable water system.

(g)  A servicing area shall be established at a commissary for the mobile food unit.  Potable water servicing equipment shall be installed, stored, and handled to protect the water and equipment from contamination.  The mobile food unit's sewage storage tank shall be flushed and drained during servicing operation.  All sewage shall be discharged to an approved sewage disposal system in accordance with 15A NCAC 18A .1900 or 15A NCAC 02H .0200.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A-248; S.L. 2011-394, Section 15(a);

Eff. September 1, 2012.