Here is section “I” of the current version of FDA’s Acidified Process Filing form 2541e. Here are some hints for completing the form when using a hot fill hold (HFH) process. First, note the blacked out portions. Nothing needs to be entered in these areas. Column 1 is 01 for your first filing (of the […]
Traditional tempeh is made from mold fermented soybeans. Whole soybeans are soaked, dehulled, cooked, cooled, and fermented. Specialty tempeh may include other sources of starches such as beans or whole grains. From a food safety perspective, tempeh is analogous to the hazards of sushi rice. Sushi rice is soaked and cooked with the intention of […]
Many food processors ask how long can they leave RTE foods out of cold holding to perform further preparations or packaging? Here is the answer from FDA. Note that column 2 says “internal temperature” and not ambient (processing room) temperature. I made what I think is a correction to the FDA data on Raw > […]
Issue 1: Cook-Chill or Sous Vide 3-502.12 (D)(2) (f) Held in a refrigeration unit that is equipped with an electronic system that continuously monitors time and temperature and is visually examined for proper operation twice daily, with a verifiable electronic monitoring device to ensure that times and temperatures are monitored Pf (g) If transported off-site […]
Cook chill (sous vide) stored at 34F (30 days) transferred to 41F (7 days). Note this option was inadvertently left out of the 2013-2017 food codes. A 2018 Issue was submitted, approved, and the FDA will make these changes to the 2017 (update) Food Code.
Generally, if a commissary is stand-alone and functions as a manufacturer and supplier of foods to its satellites, then it must comply with FSMA PC (assuming gross sales > 1 million/yr). If a commissary is part of a restaurant or grocery store and makes less than 50% of the foods sold, then it may be […]
Note concerning USDA oversight of Restaurant commissaries creating meat products. This is 9 CFR 303.1. Note the requirement that the commissary staff must deliver the foods to satellites. A third party shipper cannot be used. If third party delivery is used the operation must be under USDA inspection. § 303.1 Exemptions. (iv)(c). For purposes of […]
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