(1) Except as specified in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, returned empty containers intended for cleaning and refilling with food must be cleaned and refilled in a regulated food processing plant.
(2) A food-specific container for beverages may be refilled at a food establishment if:
(a) Only a beverage
that is not a potentially hazardous food
is used as specified under WAC 246-215-03348
(b) The design of the container and of the rinsing equipment and the nature of the beverage, when considered together, allow effective cleaning at home or in the food establishment;
(c) Facilities for rinsing before refilling returned containers with fresh, hot water that is under pressure and not recirculated are provided as part of the dispensing system;
(d) The consumer-owned container returned to the food establishment for refilling is refilled for sale or service only to the same consumer; and
(e) The container is refilled by:
(i) An employee of the food establishment; or
(ii) The owner of the container if the beverage system includes a contamination-free transfer process that cannot be bypassed by the container owner.
(3) consumer-owned containers that are not food-specific may be filled at a water vending machine or system.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050
. WSR 13-03-109, § 246-215-04650, filed 1/17/13, effective 5/1/13.]