Preventing Cross-Contamination in Restaurants
Posted on: March 16, 2017 by RMS Hospitality Group
In our previous article, we discussed some of the ways to promote a streamlined and efficient kitchen and pantry. As these practices can improve turnaround time and increase customer satisfaction, it’s time to prioritize these tasks. In addition, part of having an efficient kitchen is recognizing and preventing cross-contamination issues. As pathogens spread easily in a disorganized kitchen, this leaves your restaurant on the hook for food poisoning and illness from your guests and staff. Therefore, heed the following cross-contamination prevention advice and protect your operation with a Restaurant Insurance Program.
While you want your employees to be able to express themselves, proper hygiene is a must for the service industry. This includes implementing these practices across the board including washing hands, wearing gloves, pulling hair back, hair nets, wearing clean clothing, and no jewelry.
Separate the equipment.
Each type of food should be prepped and handled with a separate piece of equipment. For example, use one set of cutting boards, utensils and containers for raw poultry. Use another set for raw meat, and use a third set for produce. Some operations use colored cutting boards and utensil handles to help keep equipment separate. If this system is not possible at your restaurant, prep food at different times, explains the National Restaurant Association.
Clean and sanitize surfaces.
All work and preparation surfaces should be washed thoroughly after each use to eliminate the spread of pathogens. Simply splashing water on it isn’t enough, be sure to deep clean utensils, cutting boards, and cookware with antibacterial soap.
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