Food Safety Inspection Checklist

Use the Food Safety Inspection Checklist to systematically assess and maintain compliance, ensuring the highest standards in food safety across operations.​

Food Safety Inspection Checklist



Food Preparation

1. Is all food stored or prepared in the facility from approved sources?


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2. Is frozen food thawed under refrigeration or in cold running water and then cooked to the proper temperature?


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3. Is thawed food refrozen?


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4. Are preparation procedures planned to keep ingredients out of the temperature danger zone?


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5. Is food tasted using the proper procedure?


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6. Are procedures in place to prevent cross-contamination?


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7. Is food handled with suitable utensils, such as single-use gloves or tongs?


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8. Is food prepared in small batches to limit the time it is in the temperature danger zone?


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9. Are clean reusable towels used only for sanitizing equipment and surfaces and not for drying hands, utensils, or the floor?


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10. Is food cooked to the required safe internal temperature for the appropriate time?


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11. Is the internal temperature of the food being cooked monitored and documented?


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Hot Holding

1. Is the hot holding unit clean?


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2. Is food heated to the required safe internal temperature before placing it in hot holding, and are hot holding units not used to reheat potentially hazardous foods?


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3. Is the hot holding unit preheated before hot food is placed in it?


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4. Is the temperature of hot food being held at or above 135 ºF?


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5. Is food protected from contamination in hot holding?


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Cold Holding

1. Is the temperature of cold food being held at or below 41 ºF?


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2. Is food protected from contamination in cold holding?


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Refrigerator, Freezer, And Milk Cooler

1. Is the food stored 6 inches off the floor in walk-in coolers?


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2. Is the refrigerator and freezer unit clean and organized?


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3. Are proper chilling procedures used?


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4. Is all food properly wrapped, labeled, and dated?


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5. Is the air temperature of all refrigerators and freezers monitored using accurate thermometers, and is the documentation on file?


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Food Storage And Dry Storage

1. Is the temperature of the dry storage area between 50 ºF and 70 ºF?


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2. Are all food and paper supplies stored 6 to 8 inches off the floor?


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3. Is all food labeled with the name and date received?


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4. Are open bags of food stored in containers with tight-fitting lids and labeled with the common name?


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5. Is the FIFO (First In, First Out) method of inventory management used?


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6. Are there no dents, on the seam, bulging, or leaking canned goods?


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7. Are all food surfaces clean?


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8. Are chemicals clearly labeled and stored away from food and food-related supplies?


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9. Is there a regular cleaning schedule for all food surfaces?


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10. Is food stored in the original container or a food-grade container and labeled with the name and date received?


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Cleaning And Sanitizing

1. Is the three-compartment sink properly set up for ware washing?


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2. Is the dish machine working properly (gauges and chemicals at recommended levels)?


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3. Is the water clean and free of grease and food particles?


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4. Are water temperatures correct for wash and rinse?


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5. If heat sanitizing, are utensils allowed to remain immersed in 171 ºF water for 30 seconds?


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6. If using a chemical sanitizer, is it mixed correctly, and is a sanitizer strip used to test chemical concentration?


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7. Are all washed/sanitized items allowed to air dry?


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8. Are wiping cloths stored in a sanitizing solution while in use?


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Utensils And Equipment

1. Is all small equipment and utensils, including cutting boards and knives, cleaned and sanitized between uses?


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2. Are work surfaces cleaned and sanitized between uses?


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3. Are thermometers cleaned and sanitized after each use, and are they calibrated on a regular basis?


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4. Is the can opener clean?


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5. Are drawers and racks clean?


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6. Are clean utensils handled in a manner to prevent contamination of areas that will be in direct contact with food or a person’s mouth?


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Large Equipment

1. Is the food slicer broken down, cleaned, and sanitized before and after every use?


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2. Is the exhaust hood and filters clean?


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3. Are outdoor garbage cans/dumpsters clean, water-tight, and kept covered?


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4. Are garbage cans emptied as necessary?


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5. Are boxes and containers removed from the site?


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6. Is the loading dock and the area around the dumpster clean and odor-free?


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Pest Control

1. Do outside doors have screens, are well-sealed, and equipped with a self-closing device?


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2. Is there no evidence of pests present?


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3. Is there a regular schedule of pest control by a licensed pest control operator


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Personal Hygiene

1. Do employees wear a clean and proper uniform, including closed-toe shoes?


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2. Are effective hair restraints properly worn?


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3. Are fingernails short, unpolished, and clean (with no artificial nails)?


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4. Is jewelry limited to a plain ring, such as a wedding band, or watch, and no bracelets?


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5. Are hands washed properly, frequently, and at appropriate times?


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6. Are burns, wounds, sores, scabs, and splints covered with waterproof bandages and completely covered with a food service glove while handling food?


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7. Are eating, drinking, chewing gum, and smoking allowed only in designated areas away from preparation, service, storage, and ware washing areas?


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8. Do employees use disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and then immediately wash hands?


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9. Do employees appear in good health?


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10. Are hand sinks unobstructed, operational, and clean?


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11. Are hand sinks stocked with soap, disposable towels, and warm water?


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12. Is a hand washing reminder sign posted?


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13. Are employee restrooms operational and clean?


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Checklist by GoAudits.com – Please note that this checklist is intended as an example. We do not guarantee compliance with the laws applicable to your territory or industry. You should seek professional advice to determine how this checklist should be adapted to your workplace or jurisdiction.

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