Food Hygiene Inspection Checklist

Use the Food Hygiene Inspection Checklist to systematically evaluate and ensure adherence to hygiene standards in food-related processes and facilities.

Food Hygiene Inspection Checklist



Toilets

1. Toilets are clean, dry and well ventilated.


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2. Basic amenities such as soap, toilet paper, hand dryer/ paper towel and waste bins are available.


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3. Toilet fittings facilities are in good working condition.


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Training And Certificates (Compulsory Documents)

1. All food handlers have Basic Food Hygiene certificate and a valid Refresher Food Hygiene certificate (if applicable).


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2. Food Hygiene Officer has a Food Hygiene Officer certificate.


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Records And Documentation (if Applicable)

1. Records and documents to maintain • Daily temperature monitoring record (Chiller)


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2. Records and documents to maintain • Daily temperature monitoring record (Freezer)


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3. Records and documents to maintain • Daily temperature monitoring record (Cooked food)


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4. Records and documents to maintain • Daily temperature monitoring record (Hot/ Cold holding temperature)


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5. Records and documents to maintain • Supplies receiving form


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6. Records and documents to maintain • Cleaning and maintenance records for equipment, ventilation and exhaust system


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7. Records and documents to maintain • Pest control record


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Personal Hygiene

1. Food handlers are fit for work and show no symptoms of illness (e.g. diahorrea and vomiting).


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2. Clean clothes or aprons are worn during food preparation and food service.


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3. Ensure no jewellery is worn.


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4. Hair is kept tidy and covered with clean caps or hair nets where appropriate.


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5. Fingernails are short, clean, unpolished and without nail accessories.


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6. Sores, wounds or cuts on hands, if any, are covered with waterproof and brightly-coloured plaster.


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7. Hands are washed thoroughly with soap and water frequently and at appropriate times.


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8. Food is handled with clean utensils and gloves.


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9. Disposable gloves are changed regularly and/ or in between tasks.


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Receiving

1. Receiving area is clean and free of food debris, boxes and other refuse.


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2. Food supplies are obtained from licensed or approved sources.


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3. Incoming food supplies are visually inspected upon receipt.


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4. Incoming chilled and frozen products arrived at appropriate temperature.


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5. Raw and ready-to-eat food are well separated and properly contained.


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6. All food supplies are promptly moved to proper storage areas.


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Food Storage Area

1. Food storage area is clean, free of pests, dry, well ventilated and in good state of repair.


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2. Dry goods (e.g. canned food and drinks) and other food items are stored neatly on shelves, off the floor and away from walls.


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3. Food is protected from contamination; packaging is intact and no products are found with signs of spoilage.


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4. Food packaging and storage containers are properly labelled, indicating the content and date of expiry.


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5. Proper stock rotation system such as the First-Expired-First-Out (FEFO) system is used for inventory management.


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6. Non-food items (e.g. insecticides, detergents and other chemicals) are not stored together with the food items.


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7. Personal belongings are kept separately in the staff locker area or cabinet, away from the food storage area.


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Cold Storage

1. Freezers and chillers are maintained at the correct temperature: chiller 0°C to 4°C; and freezer not above -12°C.


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2. Freezers and chillers are kept clean and well maintained.


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3. Food storage units are not overstocked to allow good air circulation.


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4. For walk-in freezers and chillers, food items are stored neatly on shelves and off the floor.


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5. Food items are properly wrapped/ covered in proper containers and properly labelled, indicating the content and date of expiry.


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6. Proper stock rotation system such as the First-Expired-First-Out (FEFO) system is used for inventory management.


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7. Cooked/ ready-to-eat food are stored above raw food.


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8. Temperatures of the freezers and chillers are monitored with a functioning and calibrated thermometer.


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Food Preparation

1. Food preparation area is clean, free of pests and in good state of repair.


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2. Hand washing facilities are easily accessible, in good working condition and soap is provided.


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3. Food is not prepared on the floor, near drain or near/ in toilet.


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4. Ingredients used are clean and washed thoroughly before cooking.


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5. Frozen food is thawed in chiller, microwave or under running water.


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6. Proper work flow and segregation of areas with no criss-crossing between raw and cooked/ ready-to-eat food areas.


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7. Proper separation of cooked food/ ready-to-eat food, raw meat, seafood and vegetable to avoid cross-contamination.


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8. Different chopping boards, knives and other utensils are used for cooked/ ready-to-eat and raw food.


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9. Food is cooked thoroughly to the required core temperature.


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10. Food is cooled rapidly before refrigeration.


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11. Ice machine is clean and well maintained.


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12. Only ice is stored in the ice machine to prevent contamination of the ice.


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13. Equipment, exhaust hood, crockery and utensils are clean and well maintained.


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14. Dirty/ soiled equipment, crockery and utensils are washed immediately after use.


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15. Equipment, crockery and utensils are not chipped, broken or cracked.


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16. Adequate number of covered refuse pedal bins are available and refuse is properly managed and disposed.


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17. Refuse bins are properly lined with plastic bags and covered at all times.


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18. Refuse is properly bagged before disposing it at the waste disposal area/ bin centre.


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Hot Holding/ Cold Holding

1. Food items are properly wrapped/ covered in proper containers and protected from contamination.


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2. Cold dishes are held at 0°C to 4°C.


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3. Hot dishes are held above 60°C.


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4. Cold and/ or hot holding units are clean and well maintained.


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Delivery (if Applicable)

1. Food transport vehicles are clean and free of pests.


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2. Non-food related items (e.g. insecticides, detergents and other chemicals) are not stored in food transport vehicles.


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3. Food items are properly wrapped/ covered in proper containers and protected from contamination.


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4. Food is transported at appropriate temperatures using hot and/ or cold holding units.


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5. For time-stamping compliance, food is time stamped. The time stamp should indicate the time the food is cooked and to be consumed.


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Refreshment Area (if Applicable)

1. Refreshment area, including walls and pillars, is kept clean and free of pests.


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2. Fixtures (e.g. fans and lightings) and furniture (e.g. tables and chairs) are kept clean.


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3. Refreshment area and table cleaning system is in place.


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4. Refreshment area is free from unwanted articles (e.g. carton boxes).


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5. Refreshment area is free of bird and animal (e.g. dog or cat).


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Waste Disposal Area/ Bin Centre (if Applicable)

1. Waste disposal area/ bin centre is clean, free of pests and free of spillage.


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2. Refuse bags are disposed into the refuse bulk bin and are not placed on the floor.


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3. Refuse bulk bins are remained close at all times.


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