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Operational Manual Section : : FOOD SAFETY : PERSONNEL
 
7.2.1.1.1 : Based on the risks of foodborne illness inherent to the food operation, during inspections and upon request the person in charge of the food operations on the vessel shall demonstrate to the VSP knowledge of foodborne disease prevention, application of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point principles, and the food-safety guidelines in this manual. Ensure that the person in charge demonstrates this knowledge by compliance with these guidelines, by being a domestically or foreign certified food protection manager who has shown proficiency of required information through passing a test that is part of an accredited program, or by responding correctly to the inspector's questions as they relate to the specific food operation.

7.2.1.1.1 : Because of the risks for foodborne illness inherent to the food operation, ensure the supervisor or person in charge of food operations on the vessel demonstrates to VSP - during inspections and on request - knowledge of foodborne disease prevention, application of the Hazard Analysis Critical Point principles, and the food-safety guidelines in this manual. Ensure that the person in charge demonstrates this knowledge: (1) By compliance with these guidelines; (2) By being a domestically or foreign certified food protection manager who has shown proficiency of required information through passing a test that is part of an accredited program; or (3) By responding correctly to the inspector's questions as they relate to the specific food operation. Ensure that the areas of knowledge include: (1) Describing the relation between prevention of foodborne disease and personal hygiene of a food employee; (2) Explaining the responsibility of the person in charge to prevent transmission of foodborne disease by a food employee who has a disease or medical condition that may cause foodborne disease; (3) Describing the symptoms associated with diseases that are transmissible through food; (4) Explaining the significance of the relation between maintaining the time and temperature of potentially hazardous food and the prevention of foodborne illness; (5) Explaining the hazards involved in the consumption of raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs, and fish; (6) Stating the required food temperatures and times for safe cooking of potentially hazardous food, including meat, poultry, eggs, and fish; (7) Stating the required temperatures and times for the safe refrigerated storage, hot holding, cooling, and reheating of potentially hazardous food; (8) Describing the relation between prevention of foodborne illness and management and control of the following: cross-contamination, hand contact with ready-to-eat foods, handwashing, and maintaining food operations in a clean condition and in good repair; (9) Explaining the relation between food safety and providing equipment that is sufficient in number and capacity as well as properly designed, constructed, located, installed, operated, maintained, and cleaned; (10) Explaining correct procedures for cleaning and sanitizing utensils and food-contact surfaces of equipment; (11) Identifying poisonous or toxic materials on the vessel and the procedures necessary to ensure they are safely stored, dispensed, used, and disposed of according to law; (12) Identifying critical-control pints in the operation from purchasing through service that when not controlled may contribute to the transmission of foodborne illness and explaining steps taken to ensure the points are controlled in accordance with the guidelines in this manual.

7.2.1.2.1.1 : Person in charge: Ensure that food operations are not conducted in a room used as living or sleeping quarters.

7.2.1.2.1.12 : Person in charge: Ensure that employees are properly trained in food safety as it relates to their assigned duties.

7.2.1.2.1.2 : Person in charge: Ensure that persons unnecessary to the food operation are not allowed in the food preparation, food storage, or warewashing areas, except that brief visits and tours may be authorized if steps are taken to ensure that exposed food; clean equipment, utensils, and linens; and unwrapped single-service and single-use articles are protected from contamination.

7.2.1.2.1 : Ensure the supervisor or person in charge of food operations on the vessel monitors that: (1) Food operations are not conducted in a room used as living or sleeping quarters; (2) Persons unnecessary to the food operation are not allowed in the food preparation, food storage, or warewashing areas. (3) Employees and other persons such as delivery and maintenance persons and pesticide applicators entering the food preparation, food storage, or warewashing areas comply with the guidelines in this manual; (4) Food employees are effectively cleaning their hands; (5) Employees are observing foods as they are received to determine that they are from approved sources, delivered at the required temperatures, protected from contamination, unadulterated, and accurately presented; (6) Employees are properly cooking potentially hazardous food, being particularly careful in cooking foods known to cause severe foodborne illness and death, such as eggs and comminuted meats; (7) Employees are using proper methods to rapidly cool potentially hazardous foods that are not held hot or are not for consumption within 4 hours; (8) Consumers who order raw or partially cooked ready-to-eat foods of animal origin are informed that the food is not cooked sufficiently to ensure its safety; (9) Employees are properly sanitizing cleaned multiuse equipment and utensils before they are reused; (10) Consumers are notified that clean tableware is to be used when they return to self-service areas such as salad bars and buffets; (11) Employees are preventing cross-contamination of ready-to-eat food with bare hands by properly using suitable utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, single-use gloves, or dispensing equipment; (12) Employees are properly trained in food safety, including food allergy awareness, as it relates to their assigned duties; (13) Food employees are informed of their responsibility to report to the supervisor or person in charge information about their health and activities as they relate to diseases that are transmissible through food.

7.2.4.3.1 : Ensure food employees, while in working uniforms, do not use toilet rooms designated for passenger use.

7.3.3.1.2 : Ensure that food employees do not contact exposed, ready-to-eat food with their bare hands and use suitable utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, single-use gloves, or dispensing equipment.




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