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Guidance Table

Table 3B

Beverage Items

Process-related biological, chemical, and physical hazards

Category Number Subcategory Storage Conditions Hazards Example Products
Ready-to-Drink 1 Carbonated Shelf-Stable Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Cola, Root beer, Ginger ale, Fruit- Flavored Soda (Carbonated), Tonic Water, Sparkling Beverages(non-alcoholic)
Ready-to-Drink 2 Bottled Water Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Mineral Water, Spring Water, Water with Fruit Flavors, Sparkling Water, Distilled Water, Carbonated Water
Ready-to-Drink 3 Coffee, plain Shelf-Stable Recontamination due to lack of container integrity Iced Coffee, Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees
Ready-to-Drink 4a Coffee, Flavored Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Lattes, Mocha, Caf? Vanilla, Cappuccino, Hazelnut Coffee
Ready-to-Drink 4b Coffee, Flavored Refrigerated Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to lack of time/temperature control,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Lattes, Mocha, Caf? Vanilla, Cappuccino, Hazelnut Coffee
Ready-to-Drink 5a Chocolate/Cocoa Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Non-dairy chocolate/ cocoa flavored drinks
Ready-to-Drink 5b Chocolate/Cocoa Refrigerated Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to lack of time/temperature control,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Non-dairy chocolate/ cocoa flavored drinks
Ready-to-Drink 6a Tea, Plain Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Sweet Tea, Iced Tea, Regular and Decaffeinated Teas, Low Calorie Tea
Ready-to-Drink 6b Tea, Plain Shelf-Stable Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to lack of time/temperature control,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Sweet Tea, Iced Tea, Regular and Decaffeinated Teas, Low Calorie Tea
Ready-to-Drink 7a Tea, Flavored Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Flavored Teas (Fruit, Botanicals), Tea Blends, Regular and Decaffeinated, Regular and Low Calorie
Ready-to-Drink 7b Tea, Flavored Refrigerated Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to lack of time/temperature control,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Flavored Teas (Fruit, Botanicals), Tea Blends, Regular and Decaffeinated, Regular and Low Calorie
Ready-to-Drink 8a Juice-Based Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Fruit Drinks with Some Juice Content (not 100% juice)
Ready-to-Drink 8b Juice-Based Refrigerated Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to lack of time/temperature control,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Fruit Drinks with Some Juice Content (not 100% juice)
Ready-to-Drink 9a Other Flavored Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Fruit Flavored Drink, Fruit Punch, Lemonade
Ready-to-Drink 9b Other Flavored Refrigerated Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to lack of time/temperature control,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Fruit Flavored Drink, Fruit Punch, Lemonade
Ready-to-Drink 10a Drinks with Supplements Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Caffeinated Energy Beverages, Sports Drinks, Vitamin Waters, Drinks with Herbal Infusions
Ready-to-Drink 10b Drinks with Supplements Refrigerated Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to lack of time/temperature control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Caffeinated Energy Beverages, Sports Drinks, Vitamin Waters, Drinks with Herbal Infusions
Ready-to-Drink 11 Milk Substitute Refrigerated Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to lack of time/temperature control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Rice milk, Soy milk, Almond Milk
Coffee Beans/Tea Leaves 12 Coffee, plain Shelf-Stable Whole Roasted Coffee Beans, Ground Coffee, Single Serve Coffee Containers
Coffee Beans/Tea Leaves 13 Coffee, Flavored Shelf-Stable Recontamination due to lack of container integrity Hazelnut Coffee, Vanilla Coffee, Single Serve Coffee Containers
Coffee Beans/Tea Leaves 14 Tea, Loose Leaf and Bagged, Tea Substitutes Shelf-Stable Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5) Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Chai Tea, Tea With Blends of Fruits, Botanicals, Grains, etc., Tea Substitute (Chamomile, Rose Hip, Mint, Sassafras, and Barley), Single Serve Tea Containers
Powdered Beverages 15 Instant Coffee Shelf-Stable Instant Coffee, Coffee Substitute (Chicory Root Powder, Roast Cereal)
Powdered Beverages 16 Cocoa/Chocolate Shelf-Stable Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact Breakfast Cocoa, Chocolate Dairy Mix, Cocoa Dairy Mix, Cappuccino Mix
Powdered Beverages 17 Powdered drink and flavoring mixes Shelf-Stable Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact Flavoring powder, Grape, Orange, Lemon-Lime
Powdered Beverages 18 Instant Tea Shelf-Stable Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact Lemon-flavored powdered tea
Powdered Beverages 19 Coffee Creamer - Non-Dairy Shelf-Stable Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact Non Dairy Coffee Creamer
Liquid Beverage Mixes 20 Base mix, Concentrated Shelf-Stable Cola Base, Root beer Base, Flavored Drink Syrups, Tea Concentrates, Coffee Concentrates
Liquid Beverage Mixes 21 Dairy-based mixes Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal Breakfast Cocoa, Chocolate Dairy Mix, Cocoa Dairy Mix, Cappuccino Mix
Liquid Beverage Mixes 22 Mixes intended for alcoholic beverages Shelf-Stable Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Recontamination due to lack of container integrity,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal,Glass (when product packed in glass) Mohito Mix, Bloody Mary Mix, Margarita Mix, Cocktail Mix, Pina Colada Mix