HACCP Internal Audit Checklist

This HACCP Internal Audit Checklist is designed to help food service and retail businesses comply with food safety regulations and prepare for an HACCP audit.​

HACCP Internal Audit 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, with no artificial nails?


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4. Is jewelry limited to a plain ring, such as a wedding band and a watch, with 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, splints, and waterproof bandages on hands bandaged and completely covered with a food service glove while handling food?


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7. Are eating, drinking, chewing gum, smoking, or using tobacco allowed only in 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 then immediately wash hands?


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9. Do employees appear to be 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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14. Are all staff trained in food safety and hygiene regulations?


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Food Storage And Dry Storage

1. Is food on delivery checked for temperature, quality, and expiry date?


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2. Are all the temperatures of dry storage areas between 10 ºC and 20 ºC unless otherwise stated by your public health department?


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3. Are all food supplies stored 15 to 20 centimeters off the floor?


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4. Is all food labeled with a name and received date?


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


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6. Is the FEFO (First Expired, First Out) method of inventory management used?


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7. Are there no bulging or leaking canned goods?


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8. Is food protected from contamination?


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


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


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11. Are goods stored in the warehouse, cold storage, and freezer cells in an orderly and hygienic way, off the floor, and detached from the walls?


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12. Are raw materials and/or meal components and prepared food stored in the right way under the right conditions (packaging, method, coding, FeFo, separation raw/prepared, cold chain, traceability)?


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Food Preparation

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


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


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3. Is frozen food thawed under refrigeration, cooked to the 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 preparation planned so ingredients are kept out of the temperature danger zone to the extent possible?


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6. Is food tasted using the proper procedure?


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7. Is cross-contamination prevented by good hygiene practices during work?


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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 the time it is in the temperature danger zone?


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10. Is food cooked to the required safe internal temperature for the appropriate time, and is the temperature tested with a calibrated food thermometer?


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


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12. Are remnants of meals and prepared food not reused but destroyed?


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13. Is the quality of the frying oil checked regularly, is the oil refreshed in time, and is the temperature max of 175 °C?


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Hot & Cold Holding

1. Is the hot & cold holding unit clean?


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2. Is the food heated to the required safe internal temperature before placing it in hot holding? 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 the unit?


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4. Is the temperature of hot food being held at or above 60 ºC?


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5. Is the temperature of cold food being held at or below 5 - 7 ºC?


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6. Is food protected from contamination?


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Temperature Management

1. Are temperatures of chilled and frozen products at good reception correct (-15 ° C, <4 ° C, <7 ° C, or according to the supplier's declaration)?


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2. Are product temperatures in coolers and cold holding/buffets correct (<4 ° C or <7 ° C)?


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3. Are product temperatures in the freezer/cells good (<-18 ° C)?


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4. Are raw products properly cooked during preparation to the correct core temperature of > 75 ° C (excluding products served rosé/medium/rare)?


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5. Are proper chilling procedures used?


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6. Are pre-heated dishes properly heated during regeneration (within 1 hour > 60 ° C)?


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7. Are product temperatures during hot holding correct (> 60 ° C)?


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8. Is transported food kept at the right temperature (<7 ° C or > 60 ° C)?


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9. Are thermometers available and accurate?


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10. Is the ambient air temperature of all refrigerators and freezers monitored and documented?


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Cleaning & Sanitizing

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


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2. Is the dishwashing machine working properly, such as gauges and chemicals at recommended levels?


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3. Are water temperatures correct for wash and rinse?


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


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5. Are smallware and utensils allowed to air dry?


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


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


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


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9. Are work surfaces and utensils clean?


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10. Are work surfaces cleaned and sanitized between uses?


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11. Are floors (including drains), walls, doors, and ceilings (including ventilation and light fitting) clean?


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12. Is the food slicer disassembled, cleaned, and sanitized before and after every use?


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13. Are the exhaust hood and filters clean?


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


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15. Are cleaning cloths used only for sanitizing equipment, utensils, and surfaces and not for drying hands?


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16. Are refrigerators kept clean and organized?


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17. Are all food surfaces clean?


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


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


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20. Are thermometers cleaned and sanitized after each use?


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21. Are thermometers calibrated on a routine basis?


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


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5. Are dumpsters clean?


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


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7. Is no evidence of pests present?


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


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