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NDDH Food Service Establishment Classifications

Class I: is a food service establishment with commercially prepackaged foods and/or hot or cold beverages only. No preparation, cooking or hot holding of potentially hazardous foods is included except that commercially precooked foods may be heated and served in the original package within four (4) hours.

Class II: is a food service establishment using cold or ready–to-eat commercially processed food requiring no further heat treatment and/or hot or cold beverages. No cooking, heating or hot holding of potentially hazardous foods is included, except that commercially packaged precooked foods may be heated and served in the original package within four (4) hours and commercially precooked hot dogs, kielbasa, and soup may be heated if transferred directly out of the original package and served within four (4) hours.

Class III: is a food service establishment having on the premises exposed, potentially hazardous foods that are prepared by hot processes and consumed by the public within four (4) hours of preparation.

Class IV: is a food service establishment having on the premises exposed, potentially hazardous foods that are prepared by hot processes and held for more than four (4) hours prior to consumption by the public.