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RULE §228.2Definitions
Repealed Date:08/08/2021

  (128) Service animal--A canine that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability as specified in Health and Safety Code, §437.023.

  (129) Servicing area--A base location to which a Mobile Food Unit or transportation vehicle returns regularly for such things as vehicle cleaning, discharging liquid or solid wastes, refilling water tanks and ice bins, and boarding food. No food preparation, service or utensil/warewashing is conducted at a Servicing Area.

  (130) Sewage--Liquid waste containing animal or vegetable matter in suspension or solution and may include liquids containing chemicals in solution.

  (131) Shellfish control authority--A state, federal, foreign, tribal, or other government entity legally responsible for administering a program that includes certification of molluscan shellfish harvesters and dealers for interstate commerce.

  (132) Shellstock--Raw, in-shell molluscan shellfish.

  (133) Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC)--Any E. coli capable of producing Shiga toxins (also called verocytotoxins or "Shiga-like" toxins). STEC infections can be asymptomatic or may result in a spectrum of illness ranging from mild non-bloody diarrhea to hemorrhagic colitis (i.e., bloody diarrhea), to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS--a type of kidney failure). Examples of serotypes of STEC include: E. coli O157:H7; E. coli O157:NM; E. coli O26:H11; E. coli O145:NM; E. coli O103:H2; and E. coli. O111:NM. STEC are sometimes referred to as VTEC, verocytotoxigenic E. coli, or as EHEC, Enterohemorrhagic E. coli. EHEC are a subset of STEC which can cause hemorrhagic colitis or HUS.

  (134) Shucked shellfish--Molluscan shellfish that have one or both shells removed.

  (135) Single-service articles--Tableware, carry-out utensils, and other items such as bags, containers, placemats, stirrers, straws, toothpicks, and wrappers that are designed and constructed for one time, one person use after which they are intended for discard.

  (136) Single-use articles--Utensils and bulk food containers designed and constructed to be used once and discarded. Includes items such as wax paper, butcher paper, plastic wrap, formed aluminum food containers, jars, plastic tubs or buckets, bread wrappers, pickle barrels, ketchup bottles, and number 10 cans which do not meet the materials, durability, strength, and cleanability specifications in Subchapter D of this chapter.

  (137) Slacking--The process of moderating the temperature of a food such as allowing a food to gradually increase from a temperature of -23 degrees Celsius (-10 degrees Fahrenheit) to -4 degrees Celsius (25 degrees Fahrenheit) in preparation for deep-fat frying or to facilitate even heat penetration during the cooking of previously block-frozen food such as shrimp.

  (138) Smooth--A food-contact surface having a surface free of pits and inclusions with a cleanability equal to or exceeding that of (100 grit) number 3 stainless steel. A nonfood-contact surface of equipment having a surface equal to that of commercial grade hot-rolled steel free of visible scale. A floor, wall, or ceiling having an even or level surface with no roughness or projections that causes it to be difficult to clean.

  (139) Sous vide packaging--A method of packaging food in which raw or partially cooked food is vacuum packaged in an impermeable bag, cooked in the bag, rapidly chilled, and refrigerated at temperatures that inhibit the growth of psychrotrophic pathogens.

  (140) Specialized processing method--A method of preparing certain foods that includes but is not limited to smoking food as a method of food preservation not as a method of flavor enhancement, curing food, using food additives or adding components to preserve and/or render a food so it is not a time/temperature control food for safety such as sushi rice, packaging food using a reduced oxygen method, operating a Molluscan shellfish life-support system display tank to store and display shellfish offered for human consumption, custom processing animals for personal use as food only such as indigenous deer processing, preparing food by a method determined by the regulatory authority as requiring a variance, or sprouting seeds or beans in a retail food establishment such as alfalfa or wheat grass.

  (141) Tableware--Eating, drinking, and serving utensils for table use such as flatware including forks, knives, and spoons; hollowware including bowls, cups, serving dishes, tumblers, and plates.

  (142) Temperature measuring device--A thermometer, thermocouple, thermistor, or other device that indicates the temperature of food, air, or water.

  (143) Temporary food establishment--A food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.

  (144) Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) food--(formerly Potentially Hazardous Food (PHF)), A food that requires time/temperature control for safety to limit pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation. An animal food that is raw or heat-treated. A plant food that is heat-treated or consists of raw seed sprouts, cut melons, cut leafy greens, cut tomatoes or mixture of cut tomatoes that are not modified in a way so that they are unable to support pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation, or garlic-in-oil mixtures that are not modified in a way so that they are unable to support pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation. Except as specified in Tables A and B of this definition, a food that because of the interaction of Aw and pH values is designated as Product Assessment Required (PA) in Table A or B of this definition:

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  (145) USDA--The United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20250, phone: (202) 720-2791, website: www.usda.gov.

  (146) Utensil--A food-contact implement or container used in the storage, preparation, transportation, dispensing, sale, or service of food, such as kitchenware or tableware that is multiuse, single-service, or single-use; gloves used in contact with food; temperature sensing probes of food temperature measuring devices; and probe-type price or identification tags used in contact with food.

  (147) Vacuum packaging--A method of packaging food in which air is removed from a package of food and the package is hermetically sealed so that a vacuum remains inside the package.

  (148) Variance--A written document issued by the regulatory authority that authorizes a modification or waiver of one or more requirements of this chapter if, in the opinion of the regulatory authority, a health hazard or nuisance will not result from the modification or waiver.

  (149) Vending machine--A self-service device that, upon insertion of a coin, paper currency, token, card, or key, or by optional manual operation, dispenses unit servings of food in bulk or in packages without the necessity of replenishing the device between each vending operation.

  (150) Vending machine location--The room, enclosure, space, or area where one or more vending machines are installed and operated and includes the storage areas and areas on the premises that are used to service and maintain the vending machines. This does not include Self-Service Food Markets.

  (151) Warewashing--The cleaning and sanitizing of utensils and food-contact surfaces of equipment.

  (152) Whole-muscle, intact beef--Whole muscle beef that is not injected, mechanically tenderized, reconstructed, or scored and marinated, from which beef steaks may be cut.

Source Note: The provisions of this §228.2 adopted to be effective October 11, 2015, 40 TexReg 6901

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