Restaurant Audit Checklist

Use the Restaurant Audit Checklist to ensure compliance and efficiency in restaurants by systematically assessing and maintaining operational standards.

Restaurant Audit Checklist



Water & Sewage

1. Is water and ice from an approved source?


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2. Are hot and cold water available, water pressure adequate, and hot water sufficient to meet peak demand?


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3. Is the plumbing system properly maintained with operational backflow devices?


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4. Are sewage and wastewater disposal systems working properly, and are no sewage back-ups occurring?


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Staff

1. Is the person in charge present, performing duties, and meets food safety knowledge or certification requirements?


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2. Is management aware of symptom and illness reporting, restriction, and exclusion rules?


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3. Are all employees informed of symptom and illness reporting requirements?


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4. Are all employees in the facility free of persistent coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes, and free of symptoms and illnesses requiring reporting, exclusion, and restriction?


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5. Are drinking and drink storage requirements being followed?


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6. Are eating and smoking activities only occurring in appropriate designated areas?


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Cooking & Food Preparation

1. Are foods cooked to proper minimum temperatures, verified with a calibrated thermometer?


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2. Is there no bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods?


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3. Are single-use gloves being used for only one task?


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4. Is food not being served if it is unsafe, contaminated, unprotected, or previously served unwrapped?


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5. Have specialized food processes been approved by the TN Dept. of Health, and are established procedures being followed?


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6. Do food workers have clean outer clothing, effective hair restraints, wear no jewelry other than a plain wedding band and wear clean gloves in good repair if wearing nail polish or artificial nails?


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7. Are only approved thawing methods being used (refrigeration, during cooking, under running water for the proper time and at the appropriate temperature, etc.)?


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8. Do foods packaged in the establishment meet labeling requirements (requirements may include the common name of food, list of ingredients, major food allergen information, nutrition labeling, etc.)?


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9. If using specialized processing methods (smoking for preservation, curing, reduced oxygen packaging, sprouting seeds/beans, using food additives, etc.), has a variance been obtained from the TN Dept. of Health?


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10. Are gloves being properly used, including hands washed before putting on gloves; gloves changed when they are damaged/dirty, tasks are changed, after handling dirty utensils/equipment, after working with raw meat; and when employees are finished using gloves, gloves are discarded, and hands are washed?


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Food Purchasing/Receiving

1. Has the food been obtained from approved sources?


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2. Is food received at proper temperatures, in good condition, and with intact packaging?


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3. If shell stock is used, are shell stock tags complete and available for 90 days?


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4. If raw fish is served, are proper parasite destruction records available?


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Cleaning & Sanitizing

1. Are all food contact surfaces of utensils and equipment cleaned and sanitized, and is in-use equipment cleaned and sanitized every 4 hours?


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2. Is hot water at a sanitizing temperature, and are sanitizer test strips available and used?


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3. Do chemical sanitizer solutions have the proper concentration, verified with a chemical test kit?


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4. Are wiping cloths that are not dry being stored in a sanitizing solution when not in use, with proper sanitizing solution concentration verified by a chemical test kit?


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5. Are ware washing facilities being used appropriately (for cleaning and sanitization of food contact surfaces), with proper sanitizing procedures (verifying proper water temperature and/or chemical sanitizer concentration)?


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Storage & Ingredients

1. Are raw animal foods separated by minimum cooking temperatures?


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2. Are no ready-to-eat foods at risk of contamination by raw animal foods?


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3. Are stored foods covered, unless cooling, and not in contact with soiled equipment/utensils?


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4. Are all refrigerated, ready-to-eat, TCS foods held longer than 24 hours date marked with a "use by" date within 7 days from the date they were prepared/opened?


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5. Have all date-marked foods past their "use by" date been discarded?


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6. If serving a highly susceptible population, are unpasteurized juices, raw or partially cooked animal foods, and raw seed sprouts not served?


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7. Are only pasteurized eggs used in recipes for undercooked eggs?


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8. Are food and color additives used properly, and are sulfites not applied to fruits/vegetables for raw consumption?


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9. Are only pasteurized eggs used when eggs are used as an ingredient in ready-to-eat foods?


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10. Are foods in freezing storage frozen, and does the flow of frozen food ensure foods remain frozen until taken out for cooking/preparation?


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11. Are containers holding food or food ingredients clearly labeled with the common name of the food?


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12. Are raw shucked shellfish labeled with name, address, cert. #, and sell by date/date shucked?


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13. Is contamination of food being prevented during preparation, storage, and display?


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14. Are raw fruits and vegetables washed before preparation or before being served as ready-to-eat?


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Holding, Cooling, & Reheating

1. Before being placed in hot holding, are reheated foods heated from ≤ 41° F to ≥ 165° F for at least 15 seconds?


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2. Are foods being cooled from ≥ 135° F to ≤ 41° F in 6 hours or less, and in the first 2 hours, do foods reach ≤ 70° F, verified by a calibrated thermometer?


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3. Are foods in hot holding ≥ 135° F, and foods in cold holding ≤ 41° F, verified by a calibrated thermometer?


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4. If using time instead of temperature, is food marked to indicate when food is to be discarded (≤ 4 hours after removal from temperature control or ≤ 6 hours if the initial food temperature is at or below 41° F and does not exceed 70° F during holding), and do written procedures identify the foods held using time and how the establishment will ensure they are at the proper time?


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5. Does the equipment meet capacity needs for cooling, heating, and holding hot and cold food at proper temperatures?


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6. Is cooling done with approved methods: shallow pans, smaller portions, adding ice as an ingredient, etc.?


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7. If plant food is cooked for hot holding, do food(s) reach at least 135° F before being placed in hot holding?


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Facility

1. Are handwashing sinks operational, accessible, and properly equipped with soap and hand-drying provisions?


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2. Does the consumer advisory in customer view identify items that may be served raw, partially cooked, or undercooked?


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3. Are toxic chemicals (cleaning agents, sanitizers, pesticides, medicines, etc.) securely contained, labeled, separated, and not above food, equipment, utensils, or linens?


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4. Are pests not present in the facility, and have measures been taken to prevent pests in the facility?


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5. Are food and non-food contact surfaces in good repair and properly used?


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6. Are non-food-contact surfaces clean and free of soil accumulations?


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7. Are toilet facilities clean, and stocked, do the doors self-close, and does the ladies' room contain a covered trash receptacle?


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8. Is garbage properly disposed of, and are garbage areas (inside and outside) not harboring pests and insects?


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9. Are physical facilities properly cleaned and maintained: floors, walls, ceilings, outdoor areas, etc.?


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10. Is ventilation preventing the accumulation of condensation, grease, and buildup?


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11. Are personal belongings properly stored to maintain a clean and sanitary facility?


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12. Are lights at adequate intensity?


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13. Is the current food permit posted, and is the most recent inspection report posted?


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Utensils & Equipment

1. Are thermometers calibrated and used to monitor cooking, holding, cooling, reheating, and storage temperatures?


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2. Are utensils in use properly stored (in the food, in a container of ≥135° F water, under running water, etc.)?


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3. Are utensils, equipment, and linens properly dried, stored, and handled?


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4. Are single-use articles properly stored to prevent contamination and not being cleaned and reused?


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