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Specialized processing methods—Variance requirement (2009 FDA Food Code 3-502.11).

A FOOD ESTABLISHMENT shall obtain a VARIANCE from the REGULATORY AUTHORITY as specified under WAC 246-215-08110 and 246-215-08115 before:
(1) Smoking FOOD as a method of FOOD preservation rather than as a method of flavor enhancement;
(2) Curing FOOD;
(3) Using FOOD ADDITIVES or adding components such as vinegar:
(a) As a method of FOOD preservation rather than as a method of flavor enhancement; or
(b) To render a FOOD so that it is not POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS FOOD;
(4) Packaging FOOD using a REDUCED OXYGEN PACKAGING method except where the growth of and toxin formation by Clostridium botulinum and the growth of Listeria monocytogenes are controlled as specified under WAC 246-215-03540;
(5) Operating a MOLLUSCAN SHELLFISH life-support system display tank used to store or display shellfish that are offered for human consumption;
(6) Custom processing animals that are for personal use as FOOD and not for sale or service in a FOOD ESTABLISHMENT;
(7) Preparing FOOD by another method that is determined by the REGULATORY AUTHORITY to require a VARIANCE; or
(8) Sprouting seeds or beans.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 43.20.145. WSR 13-03-109, § 246-215-03535, filed 1/17/13, effective 5/1/13.]
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