Why is Maintenance Important?

Maintenance is important because lack of adequate maintenance of the structure of the premises, equipment and utensils can result in the following :

  • Pests entering the premises through such things as holes in walls and defective drains
  • Cleaning can become more difficult and may result in a build up of food debris
  • Crockery, cutlery and containers may become badly worn, broken or unable to be effectively cleaned and disinfected
  • Some utensils and equipment such as glassware may present a risk of physical contamination when cracked or broken
  • Defective and poorly maintained equipment, fixtures and fittings can result in the physical contamination of food
  • Defective or poorly maintained equipment, such as refrigerators, freezers and cooking equipment could result in inadequate temperature control, which could, for example, in the case of cooking equipment, cause the failure to cook or reheat food to the correct temperature


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