Food safety has long been a primary consideration in the foodservice industry. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 48 million people fall sick from foodborne illnesses every year—out of which 128,000 result in hospitalizations and 300 deaths.
Clearly, there’s a long way to go when it comes to food safety. Now, with the spread of COVID-19, these safety concerns have heightened.
With Food Safety Month being just around the corner, we decided to take a look at some excellent strategies that food-processing companies and restaurants can take up to keep customers safe.
1. Proper Hand Hygiene
Proper handwashing is the key to preventing transmittable diseases, such as Staph bacteria and the coronavirus. According to the USDA, an estimated 97 percent of people don’t wash their hands properly.
When it comes to food preparation and handling, users need to be extra careful about how they come in contact with food and other surfaces. Regular handwashing and disinfection with soap and water, alcohol wipes, and hand sanitizer are necessary.
2. Proper glove use
Wearing gloves is another critical step to curb the spread of pathogens in the foodservice industry. Proper glove usage includes:
- Changing glovesafter every four hours of continuous use
- Washing hands between glove changes
- Changing gloves when switching tasks
3. Employee Health
Employees should be regularly screened with an infrared thermometer, so emerging symptoms can be detected immediately.
Employees should be trained to spot the signs of the COVID-19 disease. If employees feel unwell or detect any of the symptoms, they should be encouraged to stay at home and monitor their health.
4. Disinfecting surfaces
Working in a kitchen means regularly disinfecting areas and high-touch surfaces. Tables, doorknobs, and countertops must be cleaned and sprayed with disinfectant every few hours to prevent the accumulation of germs.
A robust cleaning schedule with responsibilities divided and assigned to specific individuals can help increase accountability and ensure good disinfecting practices.
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