Food poisoning occurs when someone consumes unsafe food or drink – often contaminated with harmful bacteria. So how can you keep your commercial kitchen clean and fresh?
As Foodborne illnesses in Australia are quite common, affecting approximately 5.4 million people every year, it is important to follow proper food safety practices.
First of all, hands are one of the primary ways in which germs are spread. All people working in a position where they touch food should know how to properly wash their hands. This includes before and after handling raw food, or touching anything that may have been exposed to germs.
Perishable products usually come with “use-by” dates, which are based on scientific testing. These dates indicate approximately how long items will remain safe for consumption. Following the use-by date, food could be unsafe to eat, even if it looks and smells normal and has been stored correctly.
It’s important to make sure that your refrigerator is set below the 5°C, if you want to ensure that chilled foods remain chilled to a safe temperature. Keeping foods at the right temperature during periods of storage can ensure that harmful germs are not permitted to grow and multiply. Make sure that commercial fridges are not overfilled, as there should always be enough room for air to circulate – thereby maintaining the correct temperature.
Sanitise, Don’t Just Clean
Kitchen equipment and surfaces need more than just washing. To help ensure that bacteria numbers are reduced to a safe level, it’s important to also sanitise. There are two different ways to sanitise, with a chemical agent or with heat. This takes cleaning one step further and provides a longer lasting protection against potential contamination.
Protect Against Pests
By taking steps to protect against pests, you’re lowering the overall risk of contamination. Regular professional checks, proper waste disposal, storing food off the ground and maintaining walls, windows and doors, are all ways to keep these unwanted visitors out.
Employ a Food Safety Supervisor
Training an employee as a Food Safety Supervisor is one of the best investments you can make for the future of your food business. Having someone design and oversee a Food Safety Program that protects your customers, improves efficiency, and reduces waste is a great advantage for any food business looking to deliver a premium product or service.