15a ncac 18a .3304      FOOD SUPPLIES

(a)  Food shall be in good condition, free from spoilage, filth, or other contamination and shall be safe for human consumption.  Potentially hazardous foods shall only be obtained from sources that are permitted or inspected by a health department or the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.  The use of food packaged in hermetically sealed containers that was not prepared in a commercial food processing establishment is prohibited.

(b)  Milk products that are used shall be Grade "A" pasteurized fluid milk and fluid milk products or evaporated milk.  The term "milk products" means those products as defined in 15A NCAC 18A .1200.  Copies of 15A NCAC 18A .1200 may be obtained from the Division of Environmental Health, 1630 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1630. Unless prescribed by a physician, dry milk and dry milk products may be used only for cooking purposes, including cooked pudding desserts and flavored hot beverages.

(c)  Fresh and frozen shucked shellfish (oysters, clams, or mussels) shall be packed in nonreturnable packages identified with the name and address of the original shell stock processor, shucker ‑ packer, or repacker, and the interstate certification number issued according to law.  Shell stock and shucked shellfish shall be kept in the container in which they were received until they are used.  Each container of unshucked shell stock (oysters, clams, or mussels) shall be identified by an attached tag that states the name and address of the original shell stock processor, the kind and quantity of shell stock, and an interstate certification number issued by the State or foreign shellfish control agency.  After each container of shellstock has been emptied, the management shall remove the stub of the tag and retain it for a period of at least 90 days.

(d)  Raw eggs or products containing raw eggs shall not be consumed, including raw cookie dough, cake batter, brownie mix, milkshakes, ice cream and other food products.  A pasteurized egg product may be used as a substitute for raw eggs.

(e)  Beverages and food sent from home shall be fully prepared, dated, and identified for the appropriate participant at the participant’s home.  All formula and other bottled beverages shall be returned to the participant’s home or discarded at the end of each day. Drinking utensils provided by the adult day service facility shall be sanitized in accordance with this Section.  Formula and other beverages which require refrigeration, and pureed food after opening shall be refrigerated at 45°F (7°C) or below.  Commercially prepared pureed foods shall be served from a single-serving dish rather than the food container.  Upon opening, containers of pureed food shall be covered, dated with the date of opening, and refrigerated.

(f)  Adult day service facilities receiving prepared, ready‑to‑eat meals from outside sources shall use only catered meals obtained from a food handling establishment permitted or inspected by a health department.  During transportation, food shall meet the requirements of these Rules relating to food protection and storage.

(g)  All bag lunches containing potentially hazardous foods shall be refrigerated in accordance with this Section.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A-235;

Eff. August 1, 2002.