Food safety is a top priority for many people and it should be for you too. Just because you are eating out at a restaurant does not mean that the food that you are eating is safe. There are many different types of food that can make you sick or cause a serious medical emergency. These are five commonly mentioned food safety tips to avoid foodborne illness in restaurants.
Proper personal hygiene is the first of the five food safety tips for restaurant operations. When you work in a restaurant you will be using the same kitchen tools and utensils as the chefs and cooks that cook your foods. This means that if you do not wash your hands often then you could be spreading germs throughout the kitchen and the rest of the staff. You do not need to worry about foodborne illnesses because chances are good that you will not touch any of the tools or dishes that have been used by other staff members to prepare the meals for you.
Cleanliness is another key factor in food safety. Many of the dishes and cooking equipment may be washed several times by the chef or other staff members. Unfortunately, this is not enough to guarantee that cross-contamination will not occur. For every clean kitchen surface in the restaurant there is a dirty one that has yet to be cleaned. Cross-contamination from food contact with raw meat or from objects that have been used on the human body can create bacteria that can be passed along among cooks and chefs. Proper sanitation and cleanliness are other important ways to limit the spread of food-borne illnesses.
Proper cleaning is just as important for food safety in restaurant settings as it is for food handling in general. If you are a restaurant owner, you need to remember that your customers can get food poisoning very quickly from contaminated foods if they do not go through the proper channels. Proper food handling and cleaning techniques should be taught to all of your employees when they are hired. One of the things that you should focus on with food safety in restaurant cooking is that you want to keep cooking temperatures at a reasonable level. You want to maintain a constant heat for meat and if the cooking process causes any problems with bacteria, you will want to end the cooking process as soon as possible.
When cleaning the cooking area after you cook meals, you should focus on removing and cleaning out anything that could potentially make food poisoning occur. For example, if you are grilling the meat and the juice drips or splatters, you will want to take the juice inside to clean it up before you put it in the food. You should also wipe down the kitchen and cooking areas after you have finished cooking in order to make sure there is no food leftover. Cleaning out pans, cutting boards, chopping boards, and knives in between cooking processes is also very important.
Proper cleaning and sanitizing are important in preventing cross-contamination between foods. The most common areas where cross-contamination can occur are where hot objects are touched such as hot stoves, pans, grills, ovens, fryers, cutting boards, knives, cutting boards, food mixing, and preparation tables, and anywhere that raw meat, foods heated in bathrooms, food containers, cutting boards, cutting tools, spices, sauces, and other prepared foods come in contact with each other. These areas should be cleaned frequently and thoroughly after each use. The best thing that you can do is to train your staff how to sanitize these surfaces after each use. They should also be instructed on how to properly handle hot surfaces and to immediately wash their hands when they come into contact with anything that is hot.
Eating raw meat or food that comes into contact with raw meat or with bacteria and other organisms is a major cause of foodborne illness. Salmonella is the most common type of foodborne illness that can be caused by eating these types of items. Foods that may have salmonella or E. Coli should be destroyed or properly discarded and food that have been cooked should be cooled immediately. Consumers can help themselves to save money by avoiding purchasing food that has been sitting at room temperature for quite some time because it is more likely that it will have germs and bacteria living within it that can make people sick. It is recommended that you allow your customers to eat the foods that you prepare for them if it has been sitting on a counter for more than five minutes.
Food safety in restaurant settings is not just about following all of the guidelines that are provided by the Department of Health. You need to think about how your food tastes. If the food you are serving is off-tasting for most customers, it will lead to complaints and possibly even bad reviews. If people notice that the food you are serving tastes good, they are likely to come back again. It may not seem like a big deal until you have an unhappy customer who is upset because they were not satisfied with the food you served them.