4626.0890 4-603.17 Returnables; Cleaning For Refilling.*

Published: 2015

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Except as specified in items B and C, returned empty containers intended for cleaning and refilling with food shall be cleaned and refilled in a regulated food processing plant.


A food-specific container for beverages may be refilled at a food establishment if:


only a beverage that is not a potentially hazardous food is used as specified in part 4626.0295, item A;


the design of the container and of the rinsing equipment and the nature of the beverage, when considered together, allow effective cleaning at home or in the food establishment;


facilities for rinsing with fresh, hot water that is under pressure and not recirculated are provided, before refilling returned containers, as part of the dispensing system;


the consumer-owned container returned to the food establishment for refilling is refilled for sale or service only to the same consumer; and


the container is refilled by:


an employee of the food establishment; or


the owner of the container if the beverage system includes a contamination-free transfer process that cannot be bypassed by the container owner.


Consumer-owned containers that are not food-specific may be filled at a water vending machine or system.