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55 Pa. Code § 2600.103. Food service.

§ 2600.103. Food service.

 (a)  A home shall have access on the grounds to an operable kitchen with a refrigerator, sink, stove, oven, cooking equipment and cabinets or shelves for storage. If the kitchen is not in the home, the home shall have a kitchen area with a refrigerator, cooking equipment, a sink and food storage space.

 (b)  Kitchen surfaces must be of a nonporous material and cleaned and sanitized after each meal.

 (c)  Food shall be protected from contamination while being stored, prepared, transported and served.

 (d)  Food shall be stored off the floor.

 (e)  Food served and returned from an individual’s plate may not be served again or used in the preparation of other dishes. Leftover food shall be labeled and dated.

 (f)  Food requiring refrigeration shall be stored at or below 40°F. Frozen food shall be kept at or below 0°F. Thermometers are required in refrigerators and freezers.

 (g)  Food shall be stored in closed or sealed containers.

 (h)  Food shall be thawed either in the refrigerator, microwave, under cool water or as part of the cooking process.

 (i)  Outdated or spoiled food or dented cans may not be used.

 (j)  Eating, drinking and cooking utensils shall be washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use by a method specified in 7 Pa. Code Chapter 46, Subchapter D (relating to equipment, utensils and linen).

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