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Investigation and control—Procedure when disease transmission is suspected.

(1) When a possible foodborne illness incident is reported to any FOOD EMPLOYEE, the PERSON IN CHARGE of the FOOD ESTABLISHMENT shall:
(a) Immediately report the incident to the REGULATORY AUTHORITY; and
(b) Remove from sale and refrigerate any suspect FOODS until released by the REGULATORY AUTHORITY.
(2) When the REGULATORY AUTHORITY suspects that a FOOD ESTABLISHMENT, or its EMPLOYEES, might be the source of a foodborne illness, the REGULATORY AUTHORITY shall take appropriate action to control the transmission of disease. This action may include any or all of the following:
(a) Secure records that might enable identification of persons potentially exposed to the disease, or require additional assistance in locating such persons;
(b) Secure the illness history of each suspected EMPLOYEE;
(c) EXCLUDE any suspected EMPLOYEE from working in the FOOD ESTABLISHMENT until, in the opinion of the REGULATORY AUTHORITY, there is no further RISK of disease transmission;
(d) Suspend the PERMIT of the FOOD ESTABLISHMENT until, in the opinion of the REGULATORY AUTHORITY, there is no further RISK of disease transmission;
(e) RESTRICT the work activities of any suspected EMPLOYEE;
(f) Require medical and laboratory examinations of any FOOD EMPLOYEE and of his/her body discharges;
(g) Obtain any suspect FOOD for laboratory examination;
(h) Require the destruction of, or placement of a hold order on, all suspected FOOD; and
(i) Limit, substitute, or restrict menu items or FOOD handling practices that might be associated with causing illness.
(3) The provisions of chapter 246-100 WAC, Communicable and Certain Other Diseases, apply.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 43.20.145. WSR 13-03-109, § 246-215-08520, filed 1/17/13, effective 5/1/13.]
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