Utah Administrative Code
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R70. Agriculture and Food, Regulatory Services.
Rule R70-530. Food Protection.
As in effect on October 1, 2019
Table of Contents
- R70-530-1. Authority and Purpose.
- R70-530-2. Scope.
- R70-530-3. Incorporation by Reference.
- Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment
- Notice of Continuation
- Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law
This rule is promulgated under the authority of Section 4-5-17 UCA.
This rule shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purpose of safeguarding public health and providing to consumers food that is safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented.
This rule establishes definitions; sets standards for management and personnel, food operations, equipment, and facilities; and provides for food establishment plan review, inspection, and employee restriction. It shall be used to regulate bakeries, grocery and convenience stores, meat markets, food and grain processors, warehouses and any other establishment meeting the definition of a food establishment.
(1) The food standards, labeling requirements and procedures as specified in 21 CFR, 1 through 200, 2013 edition, 40 CFR 185, April 17, 2012 edition, and 9 CFR 200 to End, January 1, 2012 edition, are incorporated by reference.
(2) The requirements as found in the U.S. Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, Food Code 2013, Chapters 1 through 8 with the exclusion of Subparagraphs 8-302.14(C)(1),Paragraphs 8-302.14(D) and (E), Paragraph 8-304.11(K), Paragraph 5-203.15(B), Paragraphs 5-402.11(B), (C) and (D); and exclusion of Section 8-905.40, Subparagraphs 8-905.90(A)(1) and (2), Section 8-909.20, Subparagraphs 8-911.10(B)(1) and (2), Annex 1 comprising Parts 8-6 through 8-9 with the exclusion of Section 8-905.40, Subparagraphs 8-905.90(A)(1) and (2), Section 8-909.20, Subparagraphs 8-911.10(B)(1) and (2); and Annex 2, Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21, U.S.S. 342, Sec. 402 are adopted and incorporated by reference, and with the following additions or amendments:
(a) In Paragraph 1-201.10(B), insert a new subparagraph after subparagraph (b) in subparagraph (2) under "Food Establishment" to read: "(c) A catering operation which is a business entity that operates from a permitted food establishment that contracts with a client for food service to be provided to a client, the client's guests and/or customers at a different location. A catering operation may cook or perform final preparation of foods at the service location. A catering operation does not include routine services offered at the same location, or meals that are individually purchased with the exception of cash bars."
(b) In paragraph-201.10(B), insert a new subparagraph after subparagraph (2) under "Core Item" to read: "(3) "Core Item" will also be referred to as "non-critical" in the state rule."
(c) In Paragraph 1-201.10(B) under "Priority Item", replace the semicolon and the word "and" at the end of subparagraph (2) with a period; replace the period at the end of subparagraph (3) with "; and"; and insert a new subparagraph after paragraph (3) to read: "(4) 'Priority Item' will also be referred to as 'critical 1' in the state rule."
(d) In paragraph 1-201.10(B) under "Priority Foundation Item," replace the semicolon and the word "and" at the end of subparagraph (2) with a period; replace the period at the end of subparagraph (3) with,"; and"; and add a new subparagraph after subparagraph (3) to read: "(4) 'Priority foundation item' will also be referred to as 'critical 2' in the state rule."
(e) After subparagraph 2-102.11 (17), add a new section to read: "2-102-12 Food Employee Training. Food employees shall be trained in food safety as required under 26-15-5 and shall hold a valid food handler's permit issued by a local health department."
(f) Amend Paragraph 3-201.16 (A) to read: "Except as specified in paragraph (B) of this section, mushroom species picked in the wild shall not be offered for sale or service by a food establishment."
(g) After Paragraph 3-501.17 (G), add a new paragraph to read: "(H) A date marking system that meets the criteria stated in paragraph (A) of this section shall use one of two types of date marks, and that date mark must be used consistently throughout the food establishment. The date mark will either be of the date: (1) before which food must be used as specified in paragraph (A) of this section; or (2) be the date of Day 1."
(h) Amend Subparagraph 3-501.19(B)(2) to read: "(2) Only one time marking scheme may be used, and it must be used consistently throughout the food establishment. The food shall be marked with either: (a) the time the food is removed from temperature control; or (b) the time before which the food shall be -cooked and served, served at any temperature if ready-to-eat, or discarded."
(i) After Paragraph 4-204.123(B), add a section to read: "4-204.124 Restraint of Pressurized Containers.Carbon dioxide, helium or other similar pressurized containers must be restrained or secured to prevent the tanks from falling over."
(j) At the end of section 5-101.12, add: "The process shall be in accordance with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) C651-2005 for disinfection and testing."
(k) Replace section 5-202.13, with the following: "(A) Where the horizontal distance from the water supply inlet to an adjacent single wall or obstruction is greater than three times the diameter of the inlet, or greater than four times for intersecting walls, an air gap between the water supply inlet and the floor level rim of the plumbing fixture, equipment, or nonfood equipment shall be at least twice the diameter of the water supply inlet and may not be less than 25 millimeters (1 inch). (B) Where the horizontal distance from the water supply inlet to an adjacent single wall or obstruction is less than three times the diameter of the inlet, or less than four times for intersecting walls, an air gap between the water supply inlet and the floor level rim of the plumbing fixture, equipment, or nonfood equipment shall be at least three times the diameter of the water supply inlet and may not be less than 38 millimeters (1.5 inches)."
(l) Amend Paragraph 5-203.15(A) to read: "If not provided with an air gap as specified under Section 5-202.13, an American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) 1022 dual check valve with an intermediate vent shall be installed upstream from a carbonating device and downstream from an copper in the water supply line."
(m) Amend Paragraph 5-402.11(A) to read: "A direct connection may not exist between the sewage system and a drain originating from equipment in which food, portable equipment, or utensils are place."
(n) Amend section 8-103.11 to add:
(D) In addition, a variance from section 3-301.11 may be issued only when:
(1) the variance is limited to a specific task or work station;
(2) the applicant has demonstrated good cause why section 3-301.11 cannot be met;
(3) suitable utensils are used to the fullest extent possible with ready-to-eat foods in the rest of the establishment; and
(4) the applicant can demonstrate active managerial control of this risk factor at all times.
(o) Amend section 8-302.14 to renumber (F) to (D), (G) to (E), and (H) to (F).
(p) Amend Paragraph 8-304.10(A) to read:
(A) Upon request, the regulatory authority shall provide a copy of the Utah Food Protection Rule according to the policy of the local regulatory agency.
(q) Amend subparagraph 8-401.10(A)to read: "(A) Except as specified in paragraphs (B) and (C) of this section, the regulatory authority shall inspect a food establishment at least once every 6 months. (B)(2) to read: "The food establishment is assigned a less frequent inspection frequency based on a written risk-based inspection schedule that is being uniformly applied throughout the jurisdiction".
(r) Add Paragraph 8-501.10(C) to read: (C) Meeting reporting requirements under Communicable Disease Rule R386-702 and Injury Reporting Rule R386-703.
(s) Amend section 8-601.10 to read: Due process and equal protection shall be afforded as required by law in all enforcement and regulatory actions. Enforcement of this Rule shall be in accordance with title 4-2-2(J), Title 4-2-12, and R70-201.
(t) Add "8-7 Penalties; 8-701.10 State Construction Code
All parts of the food establishment shall be designed, constructed, maintained, and operated to meet the standards of the state construction code adopted by the Utah Legislature under Title 15A UCA. A copy of the construction code is available at the office of the local building inspector."
(3) All references to food that requires time or temperature control for safety, TCS, in this rule are equivalent to references in past editions of the U.S. Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, Food Code to potentially hazardous food, PHF.
February 2, 2016
March 6, 2017
For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R70, please contact the promulgating agency (Agriculture and Food, Regulatory Services). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.