Preventing Health Code Violations With Your Walk-In Cooler

Utilizing a walk-in cooler allows for safe, convenient storage of items that require regulated temperatures to avoid spoiling or going bad. Whether it be food items, temperature sensitive products, or chemicals that must avoid high heats, a walk-in cooler can be utilized for dozens of applications for companies in all different types of industries. Due to their wide-ranging application across many consumer facing industries the federal government has instituted health regulations to ensure that items stored in a walk in cooler that will be consumed by the general public is safe. This includes temperature requirements, cleanliness requirements, and more.

 

Walk-in coolers are used throughout most any industry revolving around food. Cold storage helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria for food items. Data and reports have concluded that the growth of bacteria occurs fastest between 40F and 140F, thus it is imperative to keep food stored in a cooler that is colder than 40F. Most walk-in coolers come equipped with built-in thermometers to allow for proper measuring and monitoring of internal temperatures to ensure they are up to requirements of sub 40F temperatures If there is a power outage for any reason, and the internal temperature of the walk-in cooler rises above 40F for longer than two hours, you are required by law to discard of all food items.

 

Along with temperature requirements the walk-in cooler is required to be kept clean and sanitary. Any messes or spills must be cleaned up quickly and efficiently. Perishable food items that have an expiration date must be discarded by that date. If there are items in the walk-in cooler with a ‘safe storage time’ then you should also adhere to that time limit and discard any items that exceed the time frame. Check for any moisture build up that may be occurring, especially around condensation units and the walk-in door. If you find any moisture build ups they could lead to water damage or mold, so be sure to have a professional come in to fix and clean up any trouble areas.

 

Keeping up with these federal requirements may seem annoying, but they protect not only the company but their customers as well. Ensuring that your walk-in cooler is properly keeping temperature has other benefits for the company as well. If you are noticing issues with temperature regulating there could be a more serious issue afoot, and by checking the temperature every now and then you could be finding an issue with the cooler that may have gone unnoticed and caused you to take a financial hit if not found.