When it comes to food safety, it's all in the way you handle it, especially when it comes to restaurant settings. If you run a restaurant, you're responsible for the health and safety of everyone who eats at your establishment. One mishandled portion of food could lead to contamination, which could pose a health risk to your diners. Here are four simple industrial sanitation steps you should always enforce in your restaurant. These tips will ensure that the foods you serve are stored and prepared in sanitary conditions.
Wash Your Hands the Right Way
While you're training your staff, it's important that you start with the basics – hand washing. Proper hand washing techniques are crucial to food safety. First, your food handlers should wash their hands each time they use the restroom. Second, they should wash their hands whenever they touch any part of their body, including face and hair. Third, they should know how to wash their hands properly. The best way to ensure clean hands is to train your food handlers to wash their hands with warm water and soap for at least 30-seconds, per hand-washing session.
Know the Right Storage Levels
When it comes to your industrial refrigerators, where you store your food is as important as how you store your food. All raw meats – including beef, fish, and chicken – should be stored on the bottom shelves of the refrigerator. These foods can drip on fresh foods causing food-borne infections. All other foods should be stored above the meats.
Thaw Foods Properly
When it comes to safe and sanitary food handling, one of the worst things you can do is thaw your food on the counter. Thawing your food at room temperature can allow bacteria to grow, which can invite food-borne illnesses. To prevent illnesses, food should always be thawed out in the refrigerator. To make sure food is thawed in time to serve, set them in the refrigerator the day before you need them.
Know Your Sources
When you run a restaurant, your customers are counting on you to serve them safe and sanitary foods. That's why it's crucial for you to know where your food comes from. Before you purchase food from vendors, make sure you know your sources. If you're going to change vendors, choose from those who are licensed and certified for the types of food they're selling.
Don't take chances with the health of your customers. The safety tips provided here will ensure that the food you serve is stored and prepared under sanitary conditions.