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Consumer advisory—Consumption of animal foods that are raw, undercooked, or not otherwise processed to eliminate pathogens (2009 FDA Food Code 3-603.11).

(1) Except as specified under WAC 246-215-03400 (3) and (4)(d) and 246-215-03800(3) if an animal FOOD such as beef, EGGS, FISH, lamb, pork, POULTRY, or shellfish is served or sold raw, undercooked, or without otherwise being processed to eliminate pathogens, either in a READY-TO-EAT form or as an ingredient in another READY-TO-EAT FOOD, the PERMIT HOLDER shall inform CONSUMERS of the significantly increased RISK of consuming such FOODS by way of a DISCLOSURE and REMINDER, as specified in subsections (2) and (3) of this section using brochures, deli case menu advisories, label statements, table tents, placards, or other effective written means.
(2) DISCLOSURE must include:
(a) A description of the animal-derived FOODS such as "oysters on the half shell (raw oysters)," "raw egg Caesar salad," and "hamburgers (can be cooked to order)"; or
(b) Identification of the animal-derived FOODS by asterisking them to a footnote that states that the items are served raw or undercooked and contain (or might contain) raw or undercooked ingredients.
(3) REMINDER must include asterisking the animal-derived FOODS requiring DISCLOSURE to a footnote that states:
(a) "Regarding the safety of these items, written information is available upon request;"
(b) "Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs might increase your risk of foodborne illness;" or
(c) "Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs might increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions."
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 43.20.145. WSR 13-03-109, § 246-215-03620, filed 1/17/13, effective 5/1/13.]
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