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RTE or NRTE Categorisation of Frozen Meals ?


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#1 arangel66

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 08:23 PM

If our company is receiving frozen RTE meats/poultry and IQF vegetables from a supplier but cooking rice to be added to make frozen meals, will the product be considered RTE or NRTE?



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Posted 30 January 2020 - 08:40 PM

Well is it in-fact Ready to eat? Do you require any further cooking step from your customers? Is adding this cooked rice to the RTE frozen meats/poultry causing any food safety hazard that would require a further kill step?


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Posted 30 January 2020 - 09:17 PM

Hi arangel,

Did you mean to type "cooked rice" instead of "cooking rice"?

if all three properties are indeed cooked / prepped and RTE, then yes it would be classified as that.



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Posted 30 January 2020 - 09:28 PM

The rice is purchased raw then cooked in the facility frozen then added to the frozen meal packaged and put into cooler for shipping.

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 09:31 PM

so you guys have like a meal kit? Where everything is already RTE except rice which you cook and ready to eat then. I would imagine it is still considered RTE since in addition to the other RTE foods, you also put RTE rice. 


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Posted 30 January 2020 - 09:39 PM

Yes, everything stays under control for temperature. I forgot to mention one more component IQF vegetables. Would this make the meal NRTE or the blanching process keep it RTE?



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Posted 31 January 2020 - 06:25 AM

Yes, everything stays under control for temperature. I forgot to mention one more component IQF vegetables. Would this make the meal NRTE or the blanching process keep it RTE?

 

So does the the vegetable component(s?) specification contain a declaration of RTE ?

 

It sounds like this product will be marketed under the jurisdiction of USDA. IIRC, the latter organisation (unlike FDA) have detailed, well-defined, Regulatory requirements regarding labelling of RTE and NRTE items (eg instructions such as need to be cooked ...etc). You may need to obtain their approval for the label.


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