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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