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Old Aug 10, 19, 6:21 am
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Even if a lounge does not have a posted rule requiring the use of a clean plate, they probably have a general requirement to abide by staff instructions.

Requiring patrons to use a clean plate for each trip to the buffet is a food safety issue. In fact, it is a requirement under the Food and Drug Administration's Food Code.

As you eat, the tableware you are using becomes contaminated with saliva, which is transferred to your plate. If you were to take a soiled plate back to the buffet, it is possible that the serving utensil could come into contact with the plate and contaminate the food on the buffet line.
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