Policy on presetting tableware at your restaurant
NEW POLICY ON PRESETTING TABLEWARE SEEKS TO BRING CLARITY
The following is a policy regarding the presetting of tableware at food service establishments in Fulton County. The policy was developed to provide clarity due to the conflicting statements in the Fulton County Code of Ordinances and Code of Resolutions, Chapter 34, Health and Sanitation, Article V, entitled ‚ÄúFood Service‚ÄĚ.
The policy is in accordance with the sound public health principles and practices and is used to provide clarity and to promote uniformity and consistency across the Environmental Health Services district offices in regards to the presetting of tableware.
Tableware, flatware and glassware that are preset will be cleaned and sanitized prior to being set on the table.
When flatware is present and exposed, a reasonable level of protection shall be provided. Examples include (but are not limited to):
- wrapping flatware in linen
- wrapping flatware in plastic
- placing flatware on clean linen or a clean placemat¬†
Flatware should never touch the table without a protective barrier.
When tableware is preset and there are fewer consumers than place settings,¬†the unused place settings should be removed.
Unused place settings should be returned to a clean and sanitized¬†storage container.
If soiled during the transfer, the unused place settings and linen should¬†be cleaned and¬† sanitized before being placed back into service.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† .
Food service establishment management and staff shall monitor consumer and staff activities to ensure that preset tableware is being handled properly to avoid conditions that can lead to cross contamination and food borne illness.
The application of this policy shall follow sound public health practices and principles, and be used to provide clarity to Section 290-5-14-.05(i) Preset Tableware of the Fulton County Code of Ordinances and Code of Resolutions, Chapter 34, Health and Sanitation, Article V, entitled ‚ÄúFood Service‚ÄĚ. For more information, please contact Kevin Jones, Deputy Director, Fulton County Environmental Health (404-613-1301).