HACCP Food Safety Checklist

Implement the HACCP Food Safety template to uphold rigorous food safety standards, guiding through essential measures for compliance and risk mitigation.​

HACCP Food Safety Checklist



Personal Hygiene

1. Do employees wear clean and proper uniforms, including shoes?


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2. Are effective hair restraints properly worn?


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


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4. Is jewelry limited to a plain ring and a watch such as a wedding band, a 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 or scabs, or splints and water-proof bandages on hands are bandages and completely covered with a food service glove while handling food?


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7. Are eating, drinking, smoking, or tobacco use restricted to designated areas away from preparation, service, storage, and warewashing areas??


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8. Do employees use disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and 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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Food Preparation

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


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2. Are food equipment, utensils, and surfaces properly washed, rinsed, and sanitized before every use?


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3. Is frozen food thawed under refrigeration, cooked to proper temperature from a frozen state, or in cold running water?


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4. Is thawed food not refrozen?


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5. Is food preparation planned to minimize time in the temperature danger zone?


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6. Is food tasted using the proper procedure?


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


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


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9. Is food prepared in small batches to limit time in the temperature danger zone?


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


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11. Is food cooked to the required safe internal temperature and tested with a calibrated food thermometer?


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12. Is the internal temperature of cooking food 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?


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


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4. Is the temperature of hot food being held at or above 140 ºF?


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5. Is hot-held food protected from contamination?


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Cold Holding

1. Are refrigerators kept clean and organized?


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


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3. Is cold-held food protected from contamination?


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Refrigerator, Freezer, And Milk Cooler

1. Are thermometers available and accurate?


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2. Is the temperature appropriate for pieces of equipment?


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3. Is food stored 6 inches off the floor or in walk-in cooling equipment?


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4. Are refrigerator and freezer units clean and neat?


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5. Are proper chilling procedures used?


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


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


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8. Is the ambient air temperature of all refrigerators and freezers monitored and documented at the beginning and end of each shift?


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Food Storage And Dry Storage

1. Are temperatures of the dry storage area between 50 ºF and 70 ºF or as per state health department requirements?


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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 a name and received date?


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


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5. Is the FIFO method of inventory management used?


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6. Are there no bulging or leaking canned goods?


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7. Is food protected from contamination?


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8. Are all food surfaces clean?


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


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


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11. Is food stored in the original container or a food-grade container?


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Cleaning And Sanitizing

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


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2. Is the dish machine working properly, with gauges and chemicals at recommended levels?


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


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2. Are small equipment and utensils washed, sanitized, and air-dried?


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3. Are work surfaces and utensils clean?


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4. Are work surfaces cleaned and sanitized between uses?


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5. Are thermometers cleaned and sanitized after each use?


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6. Are thermometers calibrated on a routine basis?


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7. Is the can opener clean?


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8. Are drawers and racks clean?


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9. Are clean utensils handled 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 clean?


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


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3. Are boxes, containers, and recyclables removed from the site?


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4. Is the loading dock and the area around the dumpsters clean and odor-free?


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5. Are the exhaust hood and filters clean?


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Garbage Storage And Disposal

1. Are kitchen garbage cans clean and kept covered?


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2. Are garbage cans emptied as necessary?


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3. Are boxes and containers removed from the site?


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4. Are the loading dock and the area around the dumpsters clean?


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5. Are dumpsters clean?


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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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