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§21-27-1  Definitions. –

Published: 2015

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Food And Drugs


Sanitation in Food Establishments

SECTION 21-27-1

   § 21-27-1  Definitions. –

Unless otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the following

definitions apply to this chapter:

   (1) "Approved" means approved by the director.

   (2) "Commissary" means a central processing establishment

where food is prepared for sale or service off the premises or by mobile vendor.

   (3) "Department" means the department of health.

   (4) "Director" means the director of health or the director's

duly appointed agents.

   (5) "Farmers market" means a market where two (2) or more

farmers are selling produce exclusively grown on their own farms on a retail

basis to consumers. Excluded from this term is any market where farmers or

others are selling produce at wholesale and/or any market in which any

individual is selling produce not grown on his or her own farm.

   (6) "Farm home food manufacture" means the production in

accordance with the requirements of § 21-27-6.1 of food for retail sale in

a residential kitchen on a farm which produces agricultural products for human

consumption and the operator of which is eligible for exemption from the sales

and use tax in accordance with § 44-18-30(32).

   (7) "Food" means: (i) articles used for food or drink for

people or other animals, (ii) chewing gum, and (iii) articles used for

components of any food or drink article.

   (8) "Food business" means and includes any establishment or

place, whether fixed or mobile, where food or ice is held, processed,

manufactured, packaged, prepared, displayed, served, transported, or sold.

   (9) "Food service establishment" means any fixed or mobile

restaurant, coffee shop, cafeteria, short-order cafe, luncheonette, grill,

tearoom, sandwich shop, soda fountain, tavern; bar, cocktail lounge, night

club, roadside stand, industrial feeding establishment, cultural heritage

education facility, private, public or nonprofit organization or institution

routinely serving food, catering kitchen, commissary or similar place in which

food or drink is prepared for sale or for service on the premises or elsewhere,

and any other eating or drinking establishment or operation where food is

served or provided for the public with or without charge.

   (10) "Mobile food service unit" means a unit that prepares

and/or sells food products for direct consumption.

   (11) "Person" means any individual, firm, co-partnership,

association, or private or municipal corporation.

   (12) "Processor" means one who combines, handles,

manufactures or prepares, packages, and stores food products.

   (13) "Operator" in relation to food vending machines means

any person who by contract, agreement, lease, rental, or ownership sells food

from vending machines.

   (14) "Retail" means when eighty percent (80%) or more of

sales are made directly to consumers.

   (15) "Retail peddler" means a food business which sells meat,

seafood, and dairy products directly to the consumer, house to house or in a


   (16) "Roadside farmstand" means a stand or location adjacent

to a farm where produce grown only on that farm is sold at the time of harvest.

   (17) "Vending machine site or location" means the room,

enclosure, space, or area where one or more vending machines are installed

and/or operated.

   (18) "Warehouse" means a place for the storage of dried,

fresh, or frozen food or food products, not including those areas associated

within or directly part of a food service establishment or retail market.

   (19) "Wholesale" means when eighty percent (80%) or more of

the business is for resale purposes.

   (20) "Cultural heritage education facility" means a facility

for up to ten (10) individuals who, for a fee, participate in the preparation

and consumption of food, limited to an owner-occupied site documented to be at

least one hundred fifty (150) years old and whose drinking water shall be

obtained from an approved source which meets all of the requirements of chapter


History of Section.

(G.L. 1938, ch. 260, § 1; P.L. 1948, ch. 2026, § 1; G.L. 1956, §

21-27-1; P.L. 1970, ch. 143, § 1; P.L. 1981, ch. 128, § 1; P.L. 1984,

ch. 51, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 55, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 415, § 1;

P.L. 2005, ch. 410, § 11; P.L. 2007, ch. 379, § 2; P.L. 2007, ch.

530, § 2; P.L. 2009, ch. 117, § 1; P.L. 2009, ch. 175, §