20 Apr Cleanliness to Prevent Illness in Restaurants
Foodborne illnesses, such as E. Coli and salmonella, can make patrons and employees extremely ill. These microorganisms are easily transferred to food and kitchen surfaces during storage, preparation, and serving. Minimize contamination risks with these safety precautions.
Always wash your hands after using the restroom, smoking, or eating. Hands also need to be washed immediately after handling raw meat, poultry, or eggs. To wash your hands effectively, use soap and warm water. Rub hands together for at least 20 seconds making sure to wash your hands, forearms, and underneath your fingernails.
- Wear gloves when handling food directly.
- Wear a clean uniform and pull long hair back.
- Avoid unsanitary activities such as chewing tobacco, smoking, coughing, or blowing your nose around food.
- Avoid going to work if you are sick. Breathing near good when you’re ill can transfer germs or illness even without coughing or sneezing directly into the food. Also, cover cuts, burns, sores, and infected wounds with a clean bandage.
Preventing cross-contamination begins when the food arrives at your establishment
- Check foods stores in the delivery trucks- make sure meats are separated from ready-to-eat foods and produce.
- Leep storage areas clean and dry, and sanitize any pills immediately.
- Store raw meats and fish separately from any other foods, and below ready-to-eat foods in the event of leakage.
Utensils, prep tables, and towels are all breeding grounds for bacteria.
- Prepare meats in a separate area away from produce, and use different cooking utensils and dishes.
- never reuse food prep tools or thermometers that have contact with raw meat until they are thoroughly sanitized.
- Simply rinsing utensils before reusing them does not kill germs. Sanitize them with dish soap and warm water.
Foods can still be contaminated through human contact or contact with contaminated utensils even after being cooked.
- Keep food covered until they are ready to be served.
- Store eating utensils in a clean area away from food prep.
To kill bacteria, first, scrape and rinse contaminated surfaces. Then, wash and sanitize the surfaces with warm water and disinfect soap.