Violation ExplanationOfficial Report Wording, Item #06
Foods safely thawed at <41oF; in a refrigerator, under cold running water, by microwave, or by cooking. (15 pts.)
PUBLIC HEALTH REASON
Freezing prevents microbial growth in foods, but usually does not destroy all microorganisms. Improper thawing provides an opportunity for surviving bacteria to grow to harmful numbers. If the food is then refrozen, significant numbers of bacteria may be preserved in the food.
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