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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 421. Food Regulations

12VAC5-421-725. Noncontinuous cooking.

Raw animal foods that are cooked using a noncontinuous cooking process shall be:

1. Subject to an initial heating process that is no longer than 60 minutes in duration;P

2. Immediately after initial heating, cooled according to the time and temperature requirements specified for cooked time/temperature control for safety food under 12VAC5-421-800 A;P

3. After cooling, held frozen or cold, as specified for time/temperature control for safety food under 12VAC5-421-820 A 2;P

4. Prior to sale or service, cooked using a process that heats all parts of the food to a temperature and for a time as designated in 12VAC5-421-700 A, B, and C;P

5. Cooled according to the time and temperature parameters specified for cooked time/temperature control for safety food under 12VAC5-421-800 A if not either hot held as specified under 12VAC5-421-820 A 1, served immediately, or held using time as a public health control as specified under 12VAC5-421-850 after complete cooling;P and

6. Prepared and stored according to written procedures that:

a. Have obtained prior approval from the department;Pf

b. Are maintained in the food establishment and are made available to the department upon request;Pf

c. Describe how the requirements specified under subdivisions 1 through 5 of this section are to be monitored and documented by the permit holder and the corrective actions to be taken if the requirements are not met;Pf

d. Describe how the foods, after initial heating, but prior to complete cooking, are to be marked or otherwise identified as foods that must be cooked as specified under subdivision 4 of this section prior to being offered for sale or service;Pf and

e. Describe how the foods, after initial heating but prior to cooking as specified in subdivision 4 of this section, are to be separated from ready-to-eat foods as specified under 12VAC5-421-470 A.Pf

Statutory Authority

§§ 35.1-11 and 35.1-14 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 22, eff. July 12, 2016; amended, Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 18, eff. June 10, 2021.

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