Always Ready: Preparing for the Health Inspector

You may not know when an inspection is coming, but this checklist will help ensure your bakery is ready.

1. Have the food safety plan ready for review, says Len Heflich, president of Innovation for Success. This includes all supporting documentation on programs, risk assessment, food safety controls, corrective actions and training.

2. Follow daily sanitation procedures at prescribed times. This includes checking product quality and hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP), which are monitored during each shift at Ellison Bakery in Fort Wayne, Indiana, says President Todd Wallin. The bakery also does pre-op inspections before each production run.

3. Set up a quarterly training program for all employees. Review food safety, personal safety and proper sanitation, and incorporate basic comprehension testing during each training session, Wallin recommends. Ellison Bakery also has unannounced audits by the State Department of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Safe Quality Food Institute.