Conference for Food Protection

2016 Biennial Meeting

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Issue Number: Council I 027

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Title

Protecting Unwashed Produce From Cross Contamination

Issue you would like the Conference to consider

The 2013 FDA Food Code does not prohibit storing raw animal foods above or contacting unwashed produce. Washing may not eliminate pathogens from produce exposed to cross contamination. The Food Code should be amended to include unwashed produce in the prohibition of storage under raw animal foods.

Public Health Significance

Produce that will not be cooked to a specific temperature could cause an illness if exposed to cross contamination.

Recommended Solution: The Conference recommends...

a letter be sent to the FDA requesting the 2013 Food Code be amended as follows (language to be added is underlined; language to be deleted is in strikethrough format):

3-302.11 Packaged and Unpackaged Food - Separation, Packaging, and Segregation.

(A) FOOD shall be protected from cross contamination by:

(1) Except as specified in (1)(c) below, separating raw animal FOODS during storage, preparation, holding, and display from:

(a) Raw READY-TO-EAT FOOD including other raw animal FOOD such as FISH for sushi or MOLLUSCAN SHELLFISH, or other

(b) rRaw READY-TO-EAT non-animal FOOD such as fruits and vegetables, P

Submitter Information

Name Adam Inman
Organization Kansas Department of Agriculture
Address 1320 Research Park Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502
Telephone 7855646764
Email adam.inman@kda.ks.gov

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