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PDFWAC 246-215-03535

Specialized processing methodsVariance requirement (FDA Food Code 3-502.11).

A food establishment shall obtain a variance from the regulatory authority as specified under WAC 246-215-08110 and 246-215-08115 before:
(1) Smoking food as a method of food preservation rather than as a method of flavor enhancement;
(2) Curing food;
(3) Using food additives or adding components such as vinegar:
(a) As a method of food preservation rather than as a method of flavor enhancement; or
(b) To render a food so that it is not time/temperature control for safety food;
(4) Packaging time/temperature control for safety food using a reduced oxygen packaging method except where the growth of and toxin formation by Clostridium botulinum and the growth of Listeria monocytogenes are controlled as specified under WAC 246-215-03540;
(5) Operating a molluscan shellfish life-support system display tank used to store or display shellfish that are offered for human consumption;
(6) Custom processing animals that are for personal use as food and not for sale or service in a foodestablishment;
(7) Preparing food by another method that is determined by the regulatory authority to require a variance; or
(8) Sprouting seeds or beans.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 43.20.145. WSR 21-01-122, § 246-215-03535, filed 12/15/20, effective 3/1/22; WSR 13-03-109, § 246-215-03535, filed 1/17/13, effective 5/1/13.]
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