Retail Food Establishments
More than 9,500 retail food establishments in Tennessee are inspected regularly based on their risk category:
- Establishments with Temperature Controlled Foods or High Risk Firms are inspected twice each year.
- Seasonal or Moderate Risk Firms are inspected once each year.
- Low Risk Firms are inspected once every eighteen months.
These retail food firms are required to follow TDA's Retail Food Store Sanitation Rule 8808-04-09 and regulations relating to food storage, facility sanitation, and safety.
Retail food store inspection scores provide a general indication of compliance. Inspection reports describe sanitation conditions and associated health risk findings. Stores must make scores available when asked. A score below 70 requires a follow-up inspection.
The Tennessee Department of Health maintains restaurant inspection scores.
For more information about TDA's retail food store inspection program, or to register a complaint about food store sanitation or food safety, call toll-free 800-628-2631.
Compliance standards are related primarily to:
- Demonstration of Knowledge of Person in Charge
- Employee Health
- Good Hygienic Practices
- Prevention of Contamination by the Hands
- Approved Suppliers and Sources
- Receiving of Ingredients' Conditions
- Protection from Food Contamination
- Proper Cooking Time and Temperatures
- Compliance with Processes / Food Safety Plan
- Proper Labeling
- Safety of Food Practices and Water Sources
- Proper Use and Handling of Utensils
- Sanitation of Utensils, Equipment and Non-Food Contact Surfaces
- Physical Facility
- Hot and Cold Water
- Plumbing and Sewage
- Ventilation and Lighting
- Garbage and Refuse