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Posted 31 August 2017 - 03:39 PM

Can anyone help me in figuring out how to classify a Raw material if it is Ready to Eat or not, when looking at a GRAS statement.



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Posted 01 September 2017 - 09:39 PM

Simple, you can't.  GRAS has nothing to do with determining RTE versus non-RTE.  RTE versus non-RTE is typically defined by the usage of that food material.  For example, raw chicken; that is considered non-RTE because some type of heat treatment or "kill step" will be applied by someone later down the step such as a customer or food service.  However, half & half is considered RTE because it can be consumed without any type of treatment or "kill step".  Fruits & vegetables are considered RTE.


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