During an inspection, situations may arise where an inspector will need to stop his/her inspection to conduct a food safety investigation or take enforcement action in response to an observed food safety hazard.
If this occurs, inspectors should reference the Food Safety Investigation Manual. Because of the breadth and depth of a full inspection, and depending on the size and the complexity of an establishment, it may require several days to complete a full inspection.
Do not bring any equipment into the plant that may contaminate food directly.
For example, a pen cap could come loose and fall into a food or ingredient; only use click pens during inspections.
Good personal hygiene includes proper care and cleanliness of hands, fingernails, hair and beards.
Nail polish and perfume are not appropriate during inspections.
Inspectors must follow all industry-standard precautionary measures () while in a food establishment.
Inspections are conducted using the General Principles of Food Hygiene, Composition and Labelling (GPFHCL) and/or the Good Importing Practices for Food (GIP) as a guideline.This practice must be repeated as often as necessary, for example when an inspector has handled material likely to be contaminated.All inspection material must be clean and sanitized before each inspection.Other companies' systems, processes or inspection findings should not be discussed while conducting an inspection.This does not preclude government inspection reports being made available under the Access to Information Act.