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RULE §229.221Equipment and Utensils

(a) Design and Construction.

  (1) All plant equipment and utensils used in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food must be so designed and of such material and workmanship as to be cleanable, and must be maintained to protect against allergen cross-contact and contamination.

  (2) Equipment and utensils must be designed, constructed, and used appropriately to avoid the adulteration or contamination of food.

  (3) Equipment must be installed so as to permit the cleaning and maintenance of the equipment and of adjacent spaces.

  (4) Food-contact surfaces must be corrosion-resistant.

  (5) Food-contact surfaces must be made of nontoxic materials and designed to withstand the environment of their intended use and the action of food, cleaning compounds, sanitizing agents, and cleaning procedures.

  (6) Food-contact surfaces must be maintained to protect food from allergen cross-contact and from being contaminated by any source.

(b) Seams on food-contact surfaces must be smoothly bonded or maintained so as to minimize accumulation of food particles, dirt, and organic matter and thus minimize the opportunity for growth of microorganisms and allergen cross contact.

(c) Equipment that is in areas where food is manufactured, processed, packed, or held and that does not come into contact with food must be constructed so that it can be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.

(d) Holding, conveying, and manufacturing systems, including gravimetric, pneumatic, closed, and automated systems, must be designed and constructed so as to be maintained in a appropriate clean and sanitary condition.

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

(f) 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 must be accurate and precise and adequately maintained, and adequate in number for their designated uses.

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

Source Note: The provisions of this §229.221 adopted to be effective August 2, 2017, 42 TexReg 3789

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