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(a) Except for a person who exports glacier ice without further processing, in addition to the other applicable requirements of this chapter, the operator of a food establishment where glacier ice or ice is manufactured shall comply with this section.
(b) The operator of a food establishment where glacier ice or ice is manufactured shall ensure that
(1) food-contact surfaces of equipment are washed, rinsed, and sanitized at least weekly; and
(2) utensils are washed, rinsed, and sanitized at least once each day.
(c) For glacier ice, the operator of a food establishment shall ensure that
(1) contamination of glacier ice is minimized during harvesting, transportation, and storage;
(2) glacier ice is transported in clean containers or vehicles;
(3) floors in receiving and processing rooms are sloped one-quarter inch per foot to floor drains with traps;
(4) in addition to the requirements of 18 AAC 31.545, walls in receiving and processing rooms are impervious to water to a height of at least four feet;
(5) before processing, glacier ice is cleaned with potable water to remove surface debris and contaminants; and
(6) after glacier ice has been cleaned, cleanable equipment, such as a belt or slide, is provided to transport the ice from the receiving room into the processing room.
(d) For manufactured ice, the operator of a food establishment shall ensure that ice manufacturing is separated by space or enclosure from any source of contamination.
(e) Glacier or manufactured ice may not exceed the maximum contaminant levels set for drinking water in 18 AAC 80.300. If the operator finds or suspects that a maximum contaminant level has been exceeded, the operator shall submit samples of the glacier or manufactured ice to a certified laboratory for analysis of the contaminants of concern listed in 18 AAC 80, at a frequency necessary to assure that the water quality meets the requirements of this subsection. Samples submitted must produce a minimum of 100 ml of water when melted.
History: Eff. 5/18/97, Register 142; am/readopt 12/19/99, Register 152
Authority: AS 17.20.005
Editor's note: Effective 12/19/99, Register 152, the Department of Environmental Conservation readopted 18 AAC 31.730, to affirm the validity of that section following statutory amendments made in ch. 72, SLA 1998. The department also amended 18 AAC 31.730(e) . Chapter 72, SLA 1998 relocated department authority to adopt regulations in 18 AAC 31 from AS 03.05 to AS 17.20.
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