Violations and their Definitions
The State of Iowa utilizes the 2005 FDA Model Food Code. The Food Code provides:
Potentially Hazardous Food (PHF) - means a food that is a natural or synthetic and is in a form capable of supporting the rapid and progressive growth of infectious or toxigenic microorganisms, or the growth and toxin production of clostridium bolulinum, "Potentially hazardous food" includes an animal food that is raw or heat-treated, a food of plant origin that is heat-treated or consists of raw seed sprouts, cut melons, and garlic and oil mixtures.
Critical Item - means a provision of this Code that, if in noncompliance, is more likely than other violations to contribute to food contamination, illness, or environmental health hazard. These critical violations are denoted by an asterisk*. Critical violations shall be corrected within 10 day.
Swing Violation - these violations may be critical or non-critical depending and the degree of the problem or the situation. Swing violations are denoted by (S).
All other violations are considered to be non-critical and shall be corrected within 90 days.
The italicized words are only examples of violations that may be found. This is not to be considered as a comprehensive listing of all possible violations.
FOOD TEMPERATURE/TIME CONTROL
PLUMBING, WATER, SEWAGE