Violation ExplanationOfficial Report Wording, Item #05
Accurate, conspicuous thermometers in refrigerators/hot holding cabinets. (1 pt.)
PUBLIC HEALTH REASON
Conspicuous thermometers are required in all refrigeration units and hot food holding cabinets where potentially hazardous foods are stored. Maintaining foods at safe temperatures is critical in controlling the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Should the temperature of a refrigerator exceed 41oF or a hot holding cabinet be less than 140oF, bacterial growth can occur. In order to facilitate the routine monitoring of equipment temperatures, clearly visible thermometers must be provided in all refrigerations and hot holding cabinets and must be routinely checked by food establishment personnel.
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