15a ncac 18a .3308      FOOD SERVICE

(a)  Milk and milk products for drinking purposes shall be served from a commercially filled container of not more than one gallon capacity or drawn from a commercially filled container stored in a mechanically refrigerated bulk milk dispenser directly into the drinking utensil.

(b)  Ice shall be made, handled, transported, stored and dispensed in such a manner as to be protected against contamination.  Ice shall be dispensed with scoops, tongs, or other ice‑dispensing utensils or through automatic ice‑dispensing equipment.  Ice‑dispensing utensils shall be stored on a clean surface or in the ice with the dispensing utensil's handle extended out of the ice.  Between uses, ice transfer receptacles shall be stored to protect them from dust, drip, splash and other contamination.  Ice storage bins shall be drained through an air gap.

(c)  Employees preparing or serving food shall wash their hands in accordance with 15A NCAC 18A .3328 and shall either use antibacterial soap, dips, or hand sanitizers immediately prior to food preparation or service or use clean, disposable gloves during food preparation or service. This requirement is in addition to all handwashing requirements in Rule .3328 of this Section.

(d)  Once served, portions of leftover food shall not be served again unless the package is intact and the food is not potentially hazardous.

(e)  Between uses during service, dispensing utensils shall be stored in the food with the dispensing utensil handle extended out of the food or stored clean and dry.

(f)  Nothing in the Rules of this Section shall be construed as prohibiting family style food service at adult day service facilities so long as supervision of the participants is maintained throughout each meal except that family style food service may be prohibited during the outbreak and investigation of communicable diseases.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A-285;

Eff. August 1, 2002.