|(a) Food-contact surfaces. Multiuse food-contact surfaces
(2) free of breaks, open seams, cracks, chips, inclusions,
pits, and similar imperfections;Pf
(3) free of sharp internal angles, corners, and crevices;Pf
(4) finished to have smooth welds and joints;Pf and
(5) except as specified in subsection (b) of this section,
accessible for cleaning and inspection by one of the following methods:
(A) without being disassembled;Pf
(B) by disassembling without the use of tools;Pf or
(C) by easy disassembling with the use of handheld
tools commonly available to maintenance and cleaning personnel such
as screwdrivers, pliers, open-end wrenches, and Allen wrenches.Pf
(b) Subsection (a)(5) of this section does not apply
to cooking oil storage tanks, distribution lines for cooking oils,
or beverage syrup lines or tubes.
(c) Cleaned in place (CIP) equipment.
(1) CIP equipment shall meet the characteristics specified
under subsection (a) of this section and shall be designed and constructed
(A) cleaning and sanitizing solutions circulate throughout
a fixed system and contact all interior food-contact surfaces;Pf and
(B) the system is self-draining or capable of being
completely drained of cleaning and sanitizing solutions.
(2) CIP equipment that is not designed to be disassembled
for cleaning shall be designed with inspection access points to ensure
that all interior food-contact surfaces throughout the fixed system
are being effectively cleaned.
(d) "V" threads, use limitation. Except for hot oil
cooking or filtering equipment, "V" type threads may not be used on
(e) Hot oil filtering equipment. Hot oil filtering
equipment shall meet the characteristics specified in subsection (a)
or (b) of this section and shall be readily accessible for filter
replacement and cleaning of the filter.Pf
(f) Can openers. Cutting or piercing parts of can openers
shall be readily removable for cleaning and for replacement.Pf
(g) Nonfood-contact surfaces. Nonfood-contact surfaces
shall be free of unnecessary ledges, projections, and crevices, and
designed and constructed to allow easy cleaning and to facilitate
(h) Kick plates, removable. Kick plates shall be designed
so that the areas behind them are accessible for inspection and cleaning
(1) removable by one of the methods specified in subsection
(a)(5) of this section or capable of being rotated open; and
(2) removable or capable of being rotated open without
unlocking equipment doors.
(i) Ventilation hood systems, filters. Filters or other
grease extracting equipment shall be designed to be readily removable
for cleaning and replacement if not designed to be cleaned in place.