If you are in the food service, food safety, or food handling industry, there are three principles that you should comply with. Most food establishments – if not all – have upgraded their standards and require their workers to know all about food hygiene procedures. Without these guidelines, your customers could potentially face health risks.
Here are the three key principles:
Only buy raw ingredients and foods from a safe source
If you are starting to build your own business, one of the first things you ought to secure is a healthy and safe source of ingredients and other food items. Find a fresh produce supplier who you can trust but always check the produce expiry date to make sure your stock is fresh and not out-of-date.
Clean your kitchen and food storage areas
The longer you allow your kitchen and work areas to be untidy, the faster the bacteria will grow. And since your work environment involves food, the risk of contamination will also be very high. Also, let your workers practice good hygienic habits in the work area, including washing hands thoroughly before handling food, avoid smoking, and clean and disinfect the working areas every day before opening and closing.
Avoid getting bacteria on your food
Harmful bacteria that leads to food poisoning thrive in warm temperatures, unclean water and toxic food source. When storing food, make sure that the temperature is below 10 degrees. Water used for washing the produce should be clean, as the water can be used as a bacteria carrier. If possible, set aside clean water for washing your food. Also, dispose of rotten food from your storage or freezer, as they can contaminate other fresh food quite easily.
Any customer would want their food to be handled and prepared properly, as well as served presentably. The reason why people frequent specific food establishments is not just because they have good food, but also by the overall presentation of the establishment. By following these simple food hygiene practices, you can benefit both your venue and customers.
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