Anytime is a good time to brush up on food safety in your home or commercial kitchen, but in September the availability of information is bountiful. With outbreaks of Salmonella and Listeria taking center stage on local news programs across the country, food service operators and home chefs need to remain updated and educated on the importance of food safety.
Clean up your act with these top 10 tips for healthy food preparation practices:
- Wash Hands for at least 20 seconds with plenty of soap and running water. Be sure to get between fingers, under fingernails and the backs of hands.
- Wash Surfaces thoroughly with a mixture of one teaspoon of unscented bleach with per one quart of water.
- Wash Utensils including cutting boards with warm soapy water.
- Wash Produce with a clean produce brush, even if it is going to be peeled.
- Store Food properly in cold storage areas by following food charts provided by FoodSafety.gov.
- Know Temperatures for safe thawing, cooking and roasting.
- Keep Updated on recalls and alerts about contaminated products.
- Separate Raw meat, poultry and seafood from cooked food to prevent cross-contamination.
- Inspect Deliveries to ensure meat, poultry and seafood was stored at a safe temperature while in transit.
- Educate Staff on the importance of food safety and best practices.
Foodborne illnesses are big news and can seriously harm customers and your business. Keep your customers safe, employees informed and your business flourishing by following the proper food safety practices at all times.
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