Official Report Wording, Item #42Premises clean, maintained, free of unnecessary articles. Maintenance equipment properly stored. Outer openings protected from entry of pests. (1 pt.)
PUBLIC HEALTH REASON
The premises in and around a food establishment must be maintained in an orderly fashion to prevent attracting and harboring rodents and insects. Premises must be free of litter and the accumulation of unnecessary articles, including old and unused equipment. Some items that are not necessary for the daily operation of the establishment but are still needed, may be stored on premise but in an orderly fashion to prevent contamination and to permit cleaning of storage areas. Brooms, mops, vacuum cleaners, and other maintenance equipment can contribute to the contamination of food and food contact surfaces. These items must also be stored in a manner that prevents contamination and does not lead to harborage and breeding of rodents and insects.
Effective pest management to control insects, rodents and other pests, includes preventing entry of pests into the establishment by providing tight fitting doors and thresholds, keeping outside doors and windows closed, and sealing off any cracks or openings in foundations or around utility penetrations.Previous Item: 41 Next Item: 43