A Transitory Food Unit (TFU) is a food service operation that serves a limited menu from an enclosed trailer or other approved layout. Once licensed, an TFU can operate throughout the State of Michigan.
Requirements to Operate a Transitory Food Unit (TFU)
- An TFU must submit a plan review packet, including a plan review application, fee, menu, standard operating procedures, drawing/photos/layout of trailer, equipment specification sheets, and any other applicable items listed below.
- An TFU must have the equipment and resources to ensure food safety for its menu and operation. This typically includes items such as running water to wash hands and equipment/utensils, a method to sanitize equipment surfaces, a metal stem thermometer, methods of hot and cold holding of foods, and a method of covering and protecting food from customers and the elements.
- An TFU must have the unit’s name and operator’s city on each side of the exterior in letters at least 3 inches high.
- You are required to submit a “Notice of Intent to Operate” in writing to the local health department jurisdiction you will be operating in a minimum of four (4) days prior to the event.
- You must have two (2) paid inspections per year to maintain your TFU license from year to year. The licensing year is from May 1 – April 30.
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