Food Variances

Establishments that produce foods that use specialized processes may be required to obtain variance approval prior to conducting operations that require a variance. Specialized processes that may require a variance or HACCP plan review are listed in §3-502.11 in the 2013 FDA Food Code.
These include, but are not limited to:
  • Rendering of Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) foods shelf stable
  • Reduced Oxygen Packaging of TCS foods
  • Curing of foods
  • Smoking foods to render TCS foods shelf stable
  • Use of molluscan shellfish tanks
  • Sprouting of beans and seeds
  • Slaughtering seafood at retail