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Functionality—Vending machine doors and openings (2009 FDA Food Code 4-204.123).

(1) VENDING MACHINE doors and access opening covers to FOOD and container storage spaces must be tight-fitting so that the space along the entire interface between the doors or covers and the cabinet of the machine, if the doors or covers are in a closed position, is no greater than one-sixteenth inch (1.5 millimeters) by:
(a) Being covered with louvers, screens, or materials that provide an equivalent opening of not greater than one-sixteenth inch (1.5 millimeters). Screening of twelve mesh to one inch (twelve or more mesh to 2.5 centimeters) meets this requirement;
(b) Being effectively gasketed;
(c) Having interface surfaces that are at least one-half inch (13 mm) wide; or
(d) Jambs or surfaces used to form an L-shaped entry path to the interface.
(2) VENDING MACHINE service connection openings through an exterior wall of a machine must be closed by sealants, clamps, or grommets so that the openings are no larger than one-sixteenth inch (1.5 mm).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 43.20.145. WSR 13-03-109, § 246-215-04270, filed 1/17/13, effective 5/1/13.]
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