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Operational Manual Section : : FOOD SAFETY : FOOD
 
7.3.1.1.1 : Ensure food is safe and unadulterated.

7.3.2.1.1 : Obtain food from sources that comply with applicable local, state, federal, or country of origin's statutes, regulations, and ordinances.

7.3.2.1.4 : Ensure whole-muscle, intact beef steaks that are intended for consumption in an undercooked form without a consumer advisory are: (1) Obtained from a food-processing plant that packages the steaks and labels them to indicate they meet the definition of whole-muscle, intact beef; or (2) If individually cut on a vessel, cut from whole-muscle intact beef that is labeled by a food-processing plant to indicate the beef meets the definition of whole-muscle, intact beef, and prepared so they remain intact.

7.3.2.1.7 : Ensure fish that are received for service are commercially and legally caught or harvested or otherwise approved for service by VSP through an approved variance. Ensure that molluscan shellfish that are recreationally caught are not received for service. Ensure that molluscan shellfish is obtained from sources according to law and the requirements specified in the FDA National Shellfish Sanitation Program Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish, or equivalent standards. Ensure that molluscan shellfish received in interstate commerce is from sources listed in the FDA Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List or equivalent foreign certified shellfish listing.

7.3.2.1.7 : Fish and Molluscan Shellfish Sources: (1) Fish that are received for service shall be commercially and legally caught or harvested or otherwise approved for service by the VSP. (2) Molluscan shellfish that are recreationally caught may not be received for service. (3) Molluscan shellfish shall be obtained from sources according to law and the requirements specified in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, National Shellfish Sanitation Program Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish or equivalent standards; and received in interstate commerce shall be from sources that are listed in the FDA Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List or equivalent foreign certified shellfish listing.

7.3.3.4.2.2 : During pauses in food preparation or dispensing, ensure that food preparation and dispensing utensils are stored: (2) In food that is not potentially hazardous with their handles above the top of the food within containers or equipment that can be closed, such as bins of sugar, flour, or cinnamon.

7.3.3.7.1 : Protect food from contamination that may result from a physical, chemical, biological origin.

7.3.4.1.1 : Cook raw animal foods such as eggs, fish, meat, and poultry?and foods containing these raw animal foods?to heat all parts of the food to a temperature and for a time that complies with one of the following methods based on the food being cooked: (1) 63C (145F) or above for 15 seconds for raw shell eggs that are broken and prepared in response to consumers? orders and for immediate service; and for fish, meat, and pork, including game animals commercially raised for food and game animals under a voluntary inspection program. (2) 68C (155F) or above for 15 seconds or equivalent temperature-time combination for ratites, mechanically tenderized and injected meats, and raw eggs that are not prepared for immediate service; and for the following if they are comminuted: fish, meat, game animals commercially raised for food, and game animals under a voluntary inspection program. (3) 74C (165F) or above for 15 seconds for poultry, wild game animals not specified in above bullet for 68C (155F); stuffed fish, meat, pasta, poultry, or ratities; or stuffing containing fish, meat, poultry, or ratites. (4) Whole beef roasts, corned beef roasts, pork roasts, and cured pork roasts such as ham, must be cooked in an oven preheated to the temperature specified for the oven type and roast?s weight and held at that temperature in accordance with the tables in this section of the manual. (5) A raw or undercooked whole-muscle, intact beef steak may be served or offered for sale in a ready-to-eat form if the steak is labeled to indicate that it meets the definition of ?whole-muscle, intact beef? and the steak is cooked on both the top and bottom to a surface temperature of 63C (145F) or above and a cooked color change is achieved on all external surfaces, (6)serve or offer a raw animal food or a partially cooked food in a ready-to-eat form only if the consumer is informed by the written consumer advisory or if VSP grants a variance from the cooking recommendations based on a HACCP plan submitted by the vessel.

7.3.5.3.5 : If time only, rather than time in conjunction with temperature, is used as the public health control for a working supply of potentially hazardous food before cooking, or for ready-to-eat potentially hazardous food that is displayed or held for service for immediate consumption, ensure that (1) The food is marked or otherwise identified to indicate the time that is 4 hours past the point in time when the food is removed from temperature control; (2) The food is cooked and served, served if ready-to-eat, or discarded, within 4 hours from the time when the food is removed from temperature control; and (3) The food in unmarked containers or packages or marked to exceed a 4 hour limit is discarded.

7.3.5.3.5 : If time only?rather than time in conjunction with temperature?is used as the public health control for a working supply of potentially hazardous food before cooking, or for ready-to-eat potentially hazardous food that is displayed or held for service for immediate consumption, ensure the food (1) Has an initial temperature of 5C (41F) or less or 57C (135F) or greater before placement on time control. (2) Is not be placed on temperature control again. (3) Is marked or otherwise identified to indicate the time 4 hours past the point in time when the food is removed from temperature control (if the time between service set-up and closing is greater than 4 hours. and (4) Is discarded within 4 hours of placement on time control.

7.3.5.3.5 : If time only?rather than time in conjunction with temperature?is used as the public health control for a working supply of potentially hazardous food before cooking, or for ready-to-eat potentially hazardous food that is displayed or held for service for immediate consumption, ensure the food (1) Has an initial temperature of 5C (41F) or less or 57C (135F) or greater before placement on time control. (2) Is not be placed on temperature control again. (3) Is marked, or otherwise identified, to indicate the time 4 hours past the point in time when the food is removed from temperature control (if the time between service set-up and closing is greater than 4 hours). (4) Is labeled with a 4-hour discard time if containers of potentially hazardous foods on time control are placed on preparation counters, even if the outlet is open less than 4 hours. (5) Is discarded within 4 hours of placement on time control. and (6) Is labeled with a 4-hour discard time if time control unit (bain marie, cold basin) meant to be cold holding or hot holding and not operational or used as intended, as the unit is now considered a counter.




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