15A NCAC 18A .2809       FOOD SERVICE EQUIPMENT AND UTENSILS

In child care centers, material and construction of food service equipment and utensils shall meet the following requirements:

(1)           Materials used in the construction of utensils and equipment  shall be durable; corrosion‑resistant; nonabsorbent; non-toxic; finished to have a smooth, easily cleanable surface; and resistant to pitting, chipping, cracking, scratching, distortion, and  decomposition.

(2)           Food-contact surfaces shall be smooth; free of breaks, open seams, cracks, chips, pits and other imperfections; free of sharp internal angles, corners and crevices; and accessible for cleaning and inspection without being disassembled or by easy disassembly.

(3)           Nonfood contact surfaces shall be nonabsorbent with no obstructions to cleaning.

(4)           Solder shall be comprised of approved, non-toxic; corrosion‑resistant materials.

(5)           Wood and wicker shall not be used as food‑contact surfaces, except hard maple or an equivalent nonabsorbent wood may be used for cutting boards, cutting blocks or bakers' tables.

(6)           Galvanized metal shall not be used for utensils or food‑contact equipment.

(7)           Linens shall not be used as food‑contact surfaces, except that clean linen may be used in contact with bread and rolls.

(8)           Single‑use and single‑service articles shall be clean.

(9)           Reuse of single‑service articles is prohibited.

(10)         Single-use articles such as formed buckets, bread wrappers, aluminum pie plates and cans shall be used only once except that containers made of plastic, glass or other material intended for food storage, with smooth sides and constructed to be easily cleaned may be reused.

(11)         Equipment and utensils that impart odors, color or taste, or contribute to the contamination of food shall not be used.

(12)         Product thermometers and thermometer probes shall be of metal stem‑type construction.

(13)         Water filters or any other water conditioning devices shall be cleaned and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

(14)         Filters and other grease extracting equipment shall be cleaned and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 110‑91;

Eff. July 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2006; February 1, 1995.