Food Safety Matters

Use this checklist to establish a program that will ensure a clean and safe environment for your operation.

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May 24, 2017

Clean Environments

  • Hand hygiene
    • Hand washing stations are visible, easily accessible and fully stocked.
  • Food contact surfaces
    • EPA-registered hard surface food contact surface cleaners in stock.
    • Establish regular cleaning protocol for between tasks and by shift.
  • Non-food contact surfaces
    • Establish regular cleaning protocol and schedule for high-touch areas such as restrooms, high-touch surfaces, doors and drains.
    • Implement regular schedule to check that equipment, like the dishmachine, is operating properly—right temperature, product fill and dispensing levels.

Safe Food

  • Vendor management
    • Confirm use of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and/or Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
    • Establish protocol for inspection of all food deliveries (truck temperature, food is dated, etc.).
  • Food Preparation
    • Establish cleaning procedures for surfaces, equipment and utensils before, during and after food preparation.
    • Ensure proper personal hygiene supplies such as gloves and hair nets are easily accessible to staff.
    • Post guidelines for proper cooking temperatures.
  • Food Storage
    • Set and post proper procedures for food storage by refrigerator and storage areas.
    • Routinely verify that refrigerator is operating at proper temperatures.

Visibility and Compliance

  • Meet and establish a relationship with local public health officials
    • Conduct regular daily, monthly and quarterly assessments to:
      • Uncover opportunities for improvement
      • Set goals
      • Track and measure progress.
    • Stay connected with other restaurants in the area, food safety experts, vendors and industry associations to remain informed of latest in food safety issues and regulations.
    • View both health inspections and voluntary third-party assessments as an opportunity to receive feedback on best practices and where opportunities may exist to enhance your food safety program
  • Training and Awareness

    • Establish rigorous food safety onboarding training for new hires.
    • Post signage in appropriate areas to keep best practices top of mind.
    • Provide continuous education and visibility to food safety performance.