All-Around Kitchen Cleanliness
Food poisoning is a common and very serious food-borne illness that comes from bacteria or pathogens being transferred from expired or raw foods. This can make customers very sick and even put your company out of business if the appropriate procedures are not put in place at all times. In this article, we’ll go over some effective ways to improve your restaurant or kitchens food handling and cleanliness techniques.
Wash and Scrub your Hands ALL the Time!
No matter what you’re doing, clean hands are a must at all times in the kitchen. Before any type of food preparation and after using the restroom, especially. Be sure to scrub for at least 20 seconds for accurate cleanliness. For additional protection and safety in the workplace, disposable gloves are ideal for safe work habits and easy clean up. Here’s the appropriate times to wash your hands in the food handling workplace:
- Before, during, and after any type of food preparation
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the restroom
- After coming in contact with garbage
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After cleaning any surfaces and appliances
Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures in Meat
Keeping a food thermometer on hand is crucial in the food handling industry. A safe minimum internal temperature allows a healthy distribution of food to your customers. Cooking to the appropriate temperature destroys harmful bacteria and prevents illnesses. Refer to FDA’s U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s website for safe meat, poultry, seafood, and egg product temperatures!
Separate Meat, Poultry and Seafood
Raw juices from meat, poultry, and seafood contain harmful and dangerous microorganisms that can easily be transferred into your cooked or fresh food. Cooked and uncooked meats should always be separated from each other for a safe, contamination and risk-free process. Any raw meat must be separated from other foods in the refrigerator and just as importantly, in your grocery bags before they are placed in the fridge. Prevent cross contamination with the simple method of separating, storing food in appropriate containers, and separate cutting boards for each individual meat.
Dispose of Expired Food
Consuming expired foods can not only contaminate fresh foods in your fridge, it can also expose your body to very harmful toxins and bacterias which can make you you very sick. Be sure to put policies in place to assure all expired foods are disposed of regularly.
Improve your kitchen with these tips and methods to achieve a safe and clean environment for your family, employees or customers.
Awareness is knowledge and knowledge is prevention!