Food safety checks for food businesses (such as cafes and restaurants) preparing to recommence pre-restriction operations
A checklist to ensure businesses are ready and have good food safety and hygiene practices before reopening or returning to dine-in operations.
Check your business can re-open
Staff availability, skills and knowledge, health and hygiene
Check that the premises is suitable for preparing or handling food
Check the condition of the services and equipment
If any services cannot be used, have you made adequate provision for:
Check toilets and hygiene facilities are working
Water used in the business
Cleaning and sanitising
Areas used for food preparation and serving will need to be thoroughly cleaned, and food preparation surfaces and utensils cleaned and sanitised before use to ensure there is no risk to food safety.
Ensure an appropriate sanitiser concentration is used, especially where equipment and premises have not been used for some time (e.g. 200ppm chlorine for as an initial sanitising step prior to resuming operation).
Food in refrigerators, cool rooms and freezers
Check whether fridges, cool rooms and freezers have been without power, as the safety of stored food may have been affected. Things to consider include:
Sourcing new supplies
Local Council Inspections
Stay up to date on COVID-19 and food safety
Source: MaintainX (Community Member)