Cold Storage Inspection

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Cold Storage Inspection

Location & Surroundings

1. Is the cold storage facility located away from environmentally polluted areas?


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2. Is the area surrounding the facility clean & maintained correctly?


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3. Are the surroundings free of all kinds of waste and unwanted items?


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4. Are the grounds around the facility well-kept?


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5. Is there any evidence of rodents or other infestation?


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Structure, Design & Maintenance

1. Are the floors clean, free from litter and other unwanted objects?


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2. Are the floors sloped correctly to avoid any puddle collection?


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3. Are all the walls, ceilings, windows, doors sturdy and clean?


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4. Is there any flaking of paint on any of the above?


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5. Are all doors, windows and screens sealed firmly to avoid leakages to the outside?


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6. Are overhead fixtures functioning as desired, to prevent dirt & condensation accumulation?


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7. Are overhead fixtures being cleaned regularly?


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8. Does the facility benefit from adequate ventilation?


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9. Is the lighting adequate?


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10. Are all lights in good working condition?


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11. Are the loading and unloading systems functioning as desired?


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Storage, Facilities & Practices

1. Is the shelving/racking system cleaned regularly?


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2. Are all food items stored appropriately?


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3. Is proper stock rotation being practiced in the facility?


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4. Are all food items being stored at the required temperatures?


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5. Are temperatures regularly monitored and maintained across the facility?


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6. Are all temperature monitoring devices calibrated periodically to ensure smooth functioning?


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7. Are all food items covered properly?


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8. Are raw food items kept away from ready to be consumed products?


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9. Are edible items stored separate from non-edible items?


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10. Are all chemicals and cleaning materials stored safely and appropriately?


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11. Are all chemicals and cleaning materials stored away from edible items?


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12. Are all non-conforming/damaged items moved into marked bins/ areas for appropriate disposal?


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13. Is food storage prohibited in locker rooms, toilets, waste disposal rooms, etc.?


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14. Is smoking, spitting or any other unhygienic practices prohibited in the food storage areas?


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15. Is eating prohibited in the food storage areas?


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Staff Facilities

1. Are toilets located away from food storage areas?


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2. Are appropriate facilities provided in the toilets to maintain hygiene?


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3. Are all toilets cleaned regularly and well maintained?


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Pest Control

1. Are appropriate lighting fixtures located in areas where there are open products?


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2. There is no sign of pests.


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3. Are checks for pests periodically carried out by external pest controller or trained staff?


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4. Is the use of toxic rodent baits prohibited in the food storage area?


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5. In areas where open products are processed or stored, are any insect-expelled type of fly-killing devices used?


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Waste Disposal

1. Are refuse containers enough in number and clearly marked for the appropriate waste?


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2. Are the bins emptied periodically to avoid accumulation and thereby contamination?


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3. Are all waste disposal containers covered and leak-proof?


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4. Are all waste disposal containers cleaned frequently?


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Traceability

1. Are all items properly labelled?


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2. Is there a system in place to trace and recall items if necessary?


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Dispatch & Transport

1. Are vehicles designated for carrying food lined and maintained correctly?


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2. Are frozen or chilled food items transported at appropriate temperatures?


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3. Are vehicles moving frozen or chilled food monitored to ensure temperatures are correct?


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4. Are transport vehicles periodically cleaned and checked for any contaminants or pests?


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5. Are separate food vehicles used for unpacked / raw / high-risk food items and packed / finished products?


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Training Programs

1. Are staff trained in good warehouse practices?


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2. Are relevant staff trained in food handling?


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Documentation & Records

1. Are appropriate cleaning schedules followed and documented?


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2. Is the temperature measuring equipment correctly calibrated and recorded?


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3. Are storage temperatures recorded appropriately?


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4. Are pest control procedures documented?


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5. Are food vehicles cleaning and maintenance procedures documented?


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6. Are containers inspected appropriately and documented?


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7. Any warnings?


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Traceability

1. Are all items properly labelled?


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2. Is there a system in place to trace and recall items if necessary?


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Dispatch & Transport

1. Are vehicles designated for carrying food lined and maintained correctly?


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2. Are frozen or chilled food items transported at appropriate temperatures?


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3. Are vehicles moving frozen or chilled food monitored to ensure temperatures are correct?


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4. Are transport vehicles periodically cleaned and checked for any contaminants or pests?


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5. Are separate food vehicles used for unpacked / raw / high-risk food items and packed / finished products?


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