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340:105-10-77. Congregate meals food preparation and service

Revised 9-15-15

(a) Policy.  All preparation and serving of food for the Congregate Meals Program meet all applicable state and local fire, health, sanitation, and safety regulations.  Food preparation and delivery is performed in the most cost efficient manner possible.

(b) Authority.  The authority for this Section is Section 339 of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended and the Oklahoma State Department of Health Food Service Establishment Regulations found at Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 310:257-5-9, 310:257-5-52, and 310:257-5-62.

(c) Procedures.

  • (1) Projects with multiple serving sites make every effort to consolidate all meal preparation at one facility.  Such consolidation is undertaken only when delivery distances and holding times make it feasible.

  • (2) The project director or designee arranges for all appropriate fire, health, safety, and sanitation inspections and responds appropriately to all identified deficiencies.

  • (3) All food preparation staff work under the supervision of a certified food handler who ensures the application of hygienic techniques and practices in food preparation and service.

  • (4) Tested, quality recipes, adjusted to yield the number of servings needed, must be used to achieve the consistent and desirable quality and quantity of meals.  Uniform, standardized recipes that provide for required amounts per serving are used when feasible.

  • (5) Meal service is designed so that hot food is available for at least one-half hour after serving begins to enable individuals who arrive late to receive a meal.

  • (6) Holding time from the completion of food preparation until all meals are served at each site shall not exceed four hours.

  • (7) Temperatures are taken and documented daily before foods are removed from the stove or oven.  Satellite nutrition sites record food temperatures immediately upon arrival at the site.

  • (8) Temperatures of hot and cold foods are taken and documented daily after food is placed on the steam table or immediately before serving.  If temperatures fall below the recommended level, foods are heated to the proper temperature.  Foods are not reheated on a steam table as they may reach temperatures that are too hot to be eaten safely and may suffer in quality and consistency.

  • (9) Daily temperatures of hot and cold foods are documented in writing and kept at the Title III senior nutrition site and made available for random review by the site manager, Area Agency on Aging staff, consulting dietitian, and state dietitian.

(d) Cross references.  Refer to OAC 340:105-10-50.1(a)(4) and (7), 340:105-10-51, 340:105-10-68 through 340:105-10-76, 340:105-10-78 through 340:105-10-80, and 340:105-10-86.

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