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RULE §228.104Cleanability

(a) Food-contact surfaces. Multiuse food-contact surfaces shall be:

  (1) smooth;Pf

  (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 so that:

    (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 food-contact surfaces.Pf

(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 maintenance.Pf

(h) Kick plates, removable. Kick plates shall be designed so that the areas behind them are accessible for inspection and cleaning by being:

  (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.

Source Note: The provisions of this §228.104 adopted to be effective October 11, 2015, 40 TexReg 6901

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