Conference for Food Protection

2016 Biennial Meeting

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Issue Number: Council I 028

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Amend Returned Food and Re-Service of Food

Issue you would like the Conference to consider

Request an interpretation from FDA that clarifies the intent of the 2013 Food Code Section 3-306.14(A) allowing for food that is immediately served and in possession of a consumer to be returned for further cooking before being returned to the same consumer.

Public Health Significance

Food that is returned by the consumer after immediate service for further cooking, would not pose a risk when cooked to a higher temperature and returned to the same consumer.

Any potential contamination would be eliminated by the temperature of the cooking equipment, such as a grill. Separate single use utensils may be used for a returned item and then wash, rinsed, sanitized and air dried.

Recommended Solution: The Conference recommends...

that a letter be sent to FDA requesting an interpretation that clarifies/explains Section 3-306.14(A) of the 2013 Food Code and allows for return of food that is immediately served to a specific consumer back to the same consumer after further cooking. The letter shall also request that FDA post their final interpretation document to the FDA Food Code Reference System.

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