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Temperature and time control—Time as a public health control (2009 FDA Food Code 3-501.19).

(1) Except as specified under subsection (3) of this section, if time without temperature control is used as the public health control for a working supply of POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS FOOD before cooking, or for READY-TO-EAT POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS FOOD that is displayed or held for sale or service for immediate consumption:
(a) Written procedures must be prepared in advance, maintained in the FOOD ESTABLISHMENT and made available to the REGULATORY AUTHORITY upon request that specify:
(i) Methods of compliance with subsections (2)(a) through (c) of this section; and
(ii) Methods of compliance with WAC 246-215-03515 for FOOD that is prepared, cooked, and refrigerated before time is used as a public health control.
(2) If time without temperature control is used as the public health control up to a maximum of four hours:
(a) The FOOD must have an internal temperature of 41°F (5°C) or less when removed from cold holding temperature control, or 135°F (57°C) or greater when removed from hot holding temperature control;
(b) The FOOD must be marked or otherwise identified to indicate the time that is four hours past the point in time when the FOOD is removed from temperature control;
(c) The FOOD must be cooked and served, served at any temperature if READY-TO-EAT or discarded, within four hours from the point in time when the FOOD is removed from temperature control; and
(d) The FOOD in unmarked containers or packages, or marked to exceed a four-hour limit, must be discarded.
(3) A FOOD ESTABLISHMENT that serves a HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE POPULATION may not use time as specified under subsections (1) and (2) of this section as the public health control for raw EGGS.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 43.20.145. WSR 13-03-109, § 246-215-03530, filed 1/17/13, effective 5/1/13.]
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