15A NCAC 18A .3637      food service area walls and ceilings

(a)  In Resident Camps, walls and ceilings of all rooms in which food is stored, handled, prepared or served or in which utensils are washed or stored shall be kept clean and in good repair.  Water stains on walls or ceilings do not constitute a violation of this Rule unless mold or mildew is present.

(b)  The walls of kitchens and other rooms used for the preparation of food and the washing of utensils shall be smooth, washable and be kept clean.  Acceptable wall materials include glazed tile; fiberglass reinforced panels, stainless steel, wood or metal; wall board painted with washable, non-absorbent paint; and brick, cinder blocks, slag blocks or concrete blocks, if glazed, tiled, plastered or filled to provide a smooth surface.  Ceilings in kitchens and other rooms used for the preparation of food or the washing of utensils shall be washable.  Acceptable materials include perforated or non-perforated vinyl faced acoustical tile, and fiberglass reinforced panels and painted wallboard.

(c)  The walls and ceilings of dry storage rooms shall be permanent; however, a washable finish is not required.

(d)  The interior walls of wait stations that prepare beverages and bars that only prepare beverages and wash utensils with no food preparation other than garnishes for drinks shall be finished to be smooth and washable.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A-235; 130A-248;

Eff. October 1, 2007.