4626.0890 4-603.17 RETURNABLES; CLEANING FOR REFILLING.*
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.