Tips to Avoid Bare Hand Contact with Food

You won't find a more debated or controversial topic between food safety inspectors and the restaurant industry than bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods. According to the FDA, you can't do it. This results in many chefs having to wear gloves. As an inspector myself, I've heard all the arguments: "I don't have to wear gloves because I wash my hands so often. "I can't prepare the food properly with gloves on." "If I can't feel the fish while cutting it, then I'll cut my hand!" "The plastic in the gloves changes the taste of the food." For the most part, none of these arguments get very far during an inspection. The food industry either needs to provide better ways to prevent … [Read more...]

Hand Washing 101

  Proper hand washing is the best defense against foodborne illness and spreading disease. There are many opportunities in a full-service restaurant for the transmission of disease when good hand washing practices are not implemented. Proper Hand Washing Procedure Food employees should wash their hands for 20 seconds using a cleaning compound in a hand wash sink in the following order: Rinse hands under clean, running warm water. Apply cleaning compound. Rub hands together vigorously for at least 10–15 seconds. Remove soil from underneath fingernails. Thoroughly rinse hands under clean, running warm water. Dry hands with a disposable drying towel or hot air. For more on … [Read more...]

Prevent Cross-Contamination in Food

  Cross-contamination is the transfer of harmful bacteria to food from other foods, hands, cutting boards, utensils, etc. The most common form of cross-contamination is from mishandling raw meats. By not separating raw meats from each other as well as from ready-to-eat foods, you are increasing the risk of foodborne illness. Food Storage Foods should be stored in this order if on the same rack: TOP: Ready-to-eat foods/produce/cooked meats Raw fish Raw beef and pork BOTTOM: Raw chicken As you can see, raw chicken should always be on the bottom. If raw chicken is stored above produce, the potential for salmonella from the chicken to contaminate the produce will increase. Eating … [Read more...]

Reduce Your Risk of Foodborne Illness, Control Critical Violations

Respro Food Safety Professionals is an organization of licensed health inspectors dedicated to supporting the restaurant industry in food safety education. We do this through on-site inspections, supplemental training, and food safety consulting. This blog will provide training and tips on the best practices for controlling food safety in restaurants and other food service facilities. Every day, food establishments accept and handle food items that are already contaminated with pathogens that can make your customers sick. Good management practices and policies should be in place to properly manage critical areas of your food operation. Listed below are the 10 most important areas that, if … [Read more...]