Requirements for Equipment & Structure of Packaged Health Food & Vitamin Stores
The purpose of this requirement sheet is to provide guidance regarding the minimum standards for health food & vitamin stores.
Warehousing, stocking, display and sale of non-hazardous packaged, canned, or bottled product in original commercial packaging. Minimum requirements:
Sealed, smooth concrete or tile floors under all food / supplement storage. Carpet is not allowed in food storage or sale display areas.
Smooth and cleanable wall surfacing (painted with hard enamel paint minimum).
20 foot/candles of light at 30 inches above the floor.
Light fixtures must be protected from accidental breakage.
Ceiling without exposed insulation (scrim-sheeting minimum).
A restroom (with commode and lavatory) within the facility serviced with hot and cold water, approved soap and disposable towels, adequate ventilation, and a self-closing door.
A mop-sink or hose bib. If only providing a hose bib, the restroom lavatory must have provision for filling a mop bucket and disposing of mop water. If hoses are attached to a sink faucet, the faucet must have at least an atmospheric vacuum breaker attached.
NSFI or equivalent dunnage racks and/or shelving, with 6" clearance between the floor and the bottom shelf. Gondolas are acceptable for Grocery use.
Palletized goods storage areas must have a "clear zone" of 18" inches between the walls and the pallets to facilitate rodent control and general cleaning, and for inspection access.
Refrigeration of pre-packaged hazardous food product in original packages, boxes or pallets. Minimum requirements– all of the above, plus:
NSF Standard 7 Refrigeration/freezer units, either walk-in, roll-in, or reach-in. Units meeting the requirements of NSFI/ANSI 7, section 5.34.2 or section 5.34.5 labeling requirements may not be used to store hazardous foods or unpackaged foods. Units meeting the requirements of NSFI/ANSI 7, section 5.34.1 labeling requirements may not be used to store unpackaged foods.
20 foot/candles required in refrigerators and freezers.
Refrigeration condensate properly drained to a floor-sink or by other approved method.
Bulk health foods or supplement ingredients that includes open product that is handled, dispensed, or repackaged. Minimum requirements– all of the above, plus:
An NSF-approved hand-washing sink serviced with hot and cold water, approved soap and disposable towels;
An NSF-approved three-compartment ware-washing sink, with dirty and clean side drain-boards, serviced with hot and cold water , and plumbed indirect to sewer via a floor sink; FRP or stainless steel panels must be used for wall-covering immediately around all sinks.
NSF-approved equipment, including work tables and counters.
50 f/c of light measured at all food-handling and ware-washing areas and equipment.