PRESS RELEASE No.: 2018 - NOTICE TO ALL HEALTH-REGULATED ESTABLISHMENTS

PRESS RELEASE No.: 2018 - NOTICE TO ALL HEALTH-REGULATED ESTABLISHMENTS

The Division of Environmental Health (DEH) of the Department of Public Health and Social Services would like to remind all health-regulated establishments that in the event of a power or water outage, affected businesses must ensure appropriate measures are taken in protecting its customers: 

All Food and Water Vending Establishments
  • Power and water must always be available to operate your business.
  • If there is no power and/or water, the establishment must cease operation. 
  • If a generator is used as an alternate power source, operators must ensure that all cold holding temperatures are maintained at 41˚F or below for refrigerator units, at 0˚F or below, for freezer units, and all hot holding temperatures are maintained at 140˚F or above for all hot holding units. 
  • All perishable food (i.e. meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cut melons, cut tomatoes, cut leafy greens, sprouts) must be maintained at 41˚F or below or 140˚F or above and must be discarded if it does not meet the proper holding temperatures. 
  • Frozen food that is still somewhat thawed or has ice crystals can still be refrozen or used immediately. 
  • Discard perishable food that has been in the refrigerator for more than seven days
  • Hot water must be always be provided for all handwashing sinks, three-compartment sinks, and warewashing machines. 

All Schools and Child Care Establishments
•    Adequate lighting must be provided to promote comfortable lighting environmental (i.e. prevention of hazards). 
•    Ventilation shall be adequate to provide proper circulation of needed air within a room by either windows or mechanical ventilators.  Classrooms shall not exceed a temperature of 84˚F.
•    If a generator is used as an alternate power source, food operations must follow the requirements listed above. 
•    Hot water must always be provided for all handwashing sinks, three-compartment sinks, and warewashing machines. 

For further information about this requirement, please the Food Safety Program of the Division of Environmental Health at 300-9578, or via email at dphss-deh@dphss.guam.gov
 
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