Restaurant Safety: What You Should Know
Food Safety Rules
The food vendors in your community, like restaurants, delis, grocery stores, and others, must follow local food safety rules. These rules are set by your city, county, district, or state. Each community may have the same or slightly different food safety rules and requirements for food vendors. All food safety rules have similar requirements about
* Safe source: Food or food ingredients come from a safe source.
* Safe temperature: Food is held at the correct cold or hot holding temperatures.
* Proper cooking: Food is cooked properly, especially foods such as meat, poultry, and pork.
* Proper handling: Food is handled to prevent cross-contamination from the environment (for example, common work areas or common utensils).
* Proper hand washing: Food handlers know how to prevent contamination, especially food handlers who may be sick with vomiting or diarrhea.
One of the ways food safety rules protect the public’s health is through food vendor inspections. Each community’s rules may differ on
* How often food vendor inspections are conducted.
* The type of inspection form used.
* The type of grading or scoring system used to rate the safety of food vendors.
For More Information
* Identify the local agency responsible for restaurant inspection in your area on the Directory of State and Local Officials website (Association of Food and Drug Officials)
* Read plain language summaries of restaurant food safety studies (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Health Specialists Network)