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Don't panic when a food safety inspector arrives. Think of the visit as a learning opportunity that will benefit your operation by making it as safe as possible.
To make the inspection a positive experience, follow these guidelines:
- Don’t refuse an inspection. In doing so, the food safety inspector likely will obtain an inspection warrant, which allows him/her to inspect your establishment without your consent.
- Tag along with the inspector and take notes of any violations he or she finds. This gives you the chance to correct simple problems on the spot, and the food safety inspector will note your willingness to fix problems. Be prepared to provide any information or records that the inspector needs and answer the inspector’s questions truthfully.
- Refrain from offering any food or any other item that can be misconstrued as an attempt to influence the inspector's findings.
- Sign the inspector's report after the inspection. Signing it doesn't mean that you agree to the findings; it only means that you received a copy of the report.
- Ask the inspector to explain his findings to your staff, or share the inspection results with your employees and offer suggestions on areas that need improvement.