A food warehouse is a business where prepackaged food, utensils, single-service articles, cleaning or servicing supplies for vending machines, mobile food units, or food commissaries are stored. Food preparation and utensil washing are not allowed in a food warehouse.
Food warehouses are required to meet rules necessary to prevent the contamination of stored foods, single-service articles, utensils, and equipment. In general, food warehouses are exempt from the rules relating to finished walls, ceilings or storage bases, light colored surfaces, restrooms, lavatories and utility facilities; provided foods are protected from contamination caused by dust, insects, rodents, flooding, drainage, or other contaminants.
Note: New Food Service Rules were adopted September 4, 2012. For more information about the changes, visit the Food Code Adoption page.