Md. Code Regs. - Use of Time-Only with Potentially Hazardous Food

Current through Register Vol. 49, No. 8, April 8, 2022

A. The approving authority may approve the use of time-only, rather than time in conjunction with temperature, for food protection as set forth in §B of this regulation.
B. The person-in-charge shall ensure that:
(1) Before using time-only while holding or preparing a potentially hazardous food:
(a) A written request is submitted to and approved by the approving authority for a specific food under specific conditions of preparation and service that includes:
(i) A record-keeping procedure that can verify safety intervention steps; and
(ii) Procedures for marking or otherwise identifying the food with the time by which it is to be either used or discarded; and
(b) The procedures for time-only are included in the food service facility's HACCP plan as a critical control point;
(2) Except as otherwise approved by the approving authority, the maximum time limit under time-only control is 4 hours for a:
(a) Raw, working supply of potentially hazardous food during preparation, after which time the food is cooked or discarded; and
(b) Ready-to-eat potentially hazardous food held for immediate consumption, after which time the food not served is discarded;
(3) Food has an initial temperature of:
(a) 41°F or less upon removal from refrigeration; or
(b) 135°F or more upon removal from cooking equipment; and
(4) Food that has been protected using time-only control is not served in a health care facility.


Md. Code Regs.
Regulations .08 adopted effective December 17, 2007 (34:25 Md. R. 2211)
Regulations .08B amended effective December 19, 1983 (10:25 Md. R. 2268)
Regulation .08B amended effective March 19, 2010 (37:4 Md. R. 341)

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