FDA Provides Best Practices And Checklist For Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments

A food safety re-opening checklist as well as best practices for previously closed retail food establishments or those that have been open with limited service related to the COVID-19 pandemic is provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The checklist entails guidelines on Facility Operations; Water, Plumbing and Ice; Food Contact and Non-food Contact Surfaces (Clean, Disinfect, Sanitize); Food Temperature Control; Product Inspection, Rotation; Ware washing Equipment; Handwashing Stations; Employee Health / Screening; and Social Distancing.

The FDA called on retail food businesses to partner with local regulatory/health authorities to discuss the specific requirements for their retail food establishment prior to re-opening.

Visit the FDA Best Practices webpage for more information.

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