901:3-1-06 Equipment and utensils.

(A) All plant equipment and utensils shall be so designed and of such material and workmanship as to be easily cleanable, and shall be properly maintained.

(B) The design, construction, and use of equipment and utensils shall preclude the adulteration of food with lubricants, fuel, metal fragments, contaminated water, or any other contaminants.

(C) Food-contact surfaces shall be corrosion resistant and maintained to protect food from being contaminated. They shall be made of nontoxic materials and designed to withstand the environment of their intended use and the action of food, and, if applicable, cleaning compounds and sanitizing agents.

(D) Seams on food-contact surfaces shall be smoothly bonded or maintained so as to minimize accumulation of food particles, dirt, and organic matter.

(E) Equipment that is in the manufacturing or food-handling area and that does not come into contact with food shall be so constructed that it can be kept in a clean condition.

(F) Holding, conveying, and manufacturing systems, including gravimetric, pneumatic, closed, and automated systems, shall be of a design and construction that enables them to be maintained in an appropriate sanitary condition.

(G) Each freezer and cold storage compartment used to store and hold food capable of supporting growth of microorganisms shall be fitted with an indicating thermometer, temperature measuring device, or temperature recording device so installed as to show the temperature accurately within the compartment.

(H) Instruments and controls used for measuring, regulating, or recording temperatures, pH, acidity, water activity, or other conditions that control or prevent the growth of undesirable microorganisms in food shall be accurate and maintained, and adequate in number for their designated uses.

(I) Food temperature measuring devices that are scaled only in Fahrenheit shall be accurate to plus or minus two degrees Fahrenheit; or if scaled only in Celsius or dually scaled in Celsius and Fahrenheit shall be accurate to plus or minus one degree Celsius in the intended range of use.

(J) Food temperature measuring devices shall be calibrated in accordance with manufacturer's specifications as necessary to ensure accuracy.

(K) Compressed air or other gases mechanically introduced into food or used to clean food-contact surfaces or equipment shall be treated in such a way that food is not contaminated with unlawful indirect food additives.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/05/2013 and 06/05/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3715.021 , 3715.02
Rule Amplifies: 3715.03 , 3715.59 , 3715.62
Prior Effective Dates: 12-23-66; 4-28-03