4626.0890 4-603.17 Returnables; Cleaning For Refilling.*


Published: 2015

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4626.0890 4-603.17 RETURNABLES; CLEANING FOR REFILLING.*


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A.

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.


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B.

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

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(1)

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


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(2)

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;


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(3)

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;


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(4)

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


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(5)

the container is refilled by:

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(a)

an employee of the food establishment; or


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(b)

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




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C.

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