Commissary (Central Prep Facility)

Mobile Food Units shall operate from a CFP/Commissary & servicing area and shall report to such location daily for supplies and for cleaning and servicing operations. TFER 228.221 (b)(1).

A CFP/Commissary and servicing area must be operated in compliance with Subchapter F and Subchapter H of TFER pertaining to Physical Facilities and the current NET Health District Order. A copy of the current permit and most recent inspection report for the CFP/Commissary and servicing area that will be used by the MFU must be provided to the regulatory authority with the MFU application as provided in TFER 228.221(a)(4)(C).

The scope and frequency of services provided by both the servicing area and the MFU unit must be determined at the time of plan review and included in the application and must be based on the:


Frequency of the MFU operation;

Limitations of the MFU and the CFP/Commissary and servicing area;

How often the MFU will be returning to the Servicing Area (a minimum of once per day)

The CFP/Commissary and servicing area shall be a fixed establishment – not a temporary establishment, nor a mobile type establishment. The CFP/Commissary and servicing area may provide a variety of services to the MFU such as: storage and/or preparation facilities for food products (including refrigeration and cooking facilities); the supply of potable water; the availability of adequate plumbing connections (RV Dump Station) for waste water disposal and waste grease disposal containers; storage and ware washing facilities for equipment and utensils; storage and maintenance of other supplies; linen service, personnel resources and parking of the MFU when not in operation, fumigation of the MFU, and cleaning of outside unit. The CFP/Commissary and servicing area must be of such size and scope as to accommodate its own operation, as well as those of the MFU.

TFER 228.221 (c)(1) The CFP/Commissary area can be as simple as a storage location for packaged food, or something as complex as a commercial site housing many MFU’s, however, the complexity will depend on the type of Mobile Food Units and the number of MFU’s it is providing service to. The servicing area must provide overhead protection for any supplying, offloading of food or equipment, cleaning, or servicing of the MFU. The area used only for the loading of water and/or the discharge of sewage and other liquid wastes need not be covered by overhead protection if the water is transferred through the use of a closed system of hoses. The location for the flushing and drainage of liquid wastes shall be separated (greater than 10 feet suggested) from the location provided for potable water servicing and for the loading and unloading of food and related supplies to prevent cross contamination. The ground in the servicing area shall be constructed of a smooth nonabsorbent material, such as concrete or machine-laid asphalt and shall be maintained in good repair, kept clean and be graded to drain.

If the MFU is used at a fair, carnival or other event where it does not or cannot return to the servicing area, the MFU must comply with the requirements of a Temporary Food Establishment.