15A NCAC 18A .3638      kitchen premises:  miscellaneous

(a)  In a Resident Camp, none of the camp activities shall be conducted in any room used for private living areas.

(b)  Packout or trip kitchens where food is portioned and stored for cookouts or overnight trips, where utensils and equipment are not returned to a central kitchen for cleaning, and are not located in the same building as a camp kitchen, shall be equipped with at least a two-compartment sink with 24-inch drainboards or countertop space at each end for handling dirty items and air drying clean items.  Sinks shall be of sufficient size to submerge, wash, rinse and sanitize utensils and equipment.  Any area where food is portioned shall also be equipped with a separate handwash lavatory with a hot and cold mixing faucet, soap and individual towels or hand-drying device.

(c)  Residential style educational activity kitchens with non-commercial utensils and equipment may be used by groups of 32 or less campers and staff to prepare meals only for members of the group.  Field sanitation measures of Rule .3619 may be used in these facilities.

(d)  Soiled linens, coats and aprons shall be kept in containers provided for this purpose.  Laundered table linen and cleaning cloths shall be stored in a clean place until used.

(e)  Toxic materials, cleaners, sanitizers or similar products used in a camp shall be labeled with the common name or manufacturer's label.

(f)  A separate area for storage of toxic materials shall be provided and marked as toxic materials.  This requirement shall not apply to cleaners and sanitizers used frequently in the operation of the camp kitchen that are stored for availability and convenience if the materials are stored to prevent the contamination of food, equipment, utensils, linens and single-service items.

(g)  Storage shall be provided for mops, brushes, brooms, hoses and other items in routine use.

(h)  The premises under control of the management shall be kept free of items that provide fly or mosquito breeding places or rodent harborages.  Effective measures such as fly repellant fans, self-closing doors, screens and routine use of approved pesticides shall be taken to keep insects, rodents, animals and other public health pests out of the camp kitchen and food service area storage spaces.

(i)  Only those pesticides which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service shall be used.  Such pesticides shall be used as directed on the label and shall be handled to avoid health hazards.

(j)  Except as specified below, live animals shall not be allowed in a food preparation, storage or dining area.  Live animals shall be allowed in the following situations if their presence will not result in the contamination of equipment, utensils, linens and unwrapped single-service and single-use items:

(1)           fish or crustacea in aquariums or display tanks;

(2)           patrol dogs accompanying police or security officers in offices and dining, sales and storage areas; and

(3)           service animals accompanying persons with disabilities in areas that are not used for food preparation.


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

Eff. October 1, 2007.