Blog posts of '2019' 'July'

Cross-Contamination and How to Prevent It

Cross-contamination is the nasty culprit behind many food-borne illnesses. That’s because pathogens can spread from food or unwashed hands to prep areas, equipment, or utensils. Even if meat is cooked correctly, meals can still be contaminated with pathogens if the prep process isn’t done properly. The CDC estimates that an average of 3,000 people die each year from foodborne illness so preventing such illness with proper food handling is of monumental importance. Here’s a little more about cross-contamination and way you can prevent it:

 

We get it, cross-contamination sounds like something out of a zombie apocalypse movie. While it’s certainly not going to require post-apocalyptic measures to rid a kitchen of these pathogens, it’s probably best to explain exactly what cross-contamination means.

 

Cross-contamination occurs when disease-causing microorganisms, like bacteria and viruses, are transferred from one food to another. As a result, cross-contamination is one of the leading causes of foodborne illness. This happens most frequently from unwashed cutting boards, hands, or kitchen tools. So basically, if someone cuts raw chicken then switches to cutting veggies on the same cutting board and with the same knife, there’s a chance for cross-contamination.

 

So, how can you prevent cross-contamination? Simply put, through proper food safety training. We offer a food handler safety course completely online that will help train you to handle food properly. Aside from that, here are a few pointers:

 

  •        Switch utensils for raw and cooked food
  •        Do not wash raw meat
  •        Wash your hands
  •        Cover raw food and keep it separate from ready-to-eat products
  •        Clean and sanitize all work surfaces
  •        Use proper food safety labels

 

For more information about our food handler safety course visit our website or contact us!

Food Safety and Child Care

Unless you were living under a rock last year, you’re probably well aware of all the food recalls, CDC warnings, lettuce-free sandwiches. As we continue to learn about hazards and regulate food production, food safety training and awareness is more important than ever.

As the school year winds down many will be searching for summer childcare. While there are definitely laws pertaining to food safety and child care it’s not as widely talked about and regulated as the restaurant industry. Considering that children spread germs and illness faster than parents and caregivers can sanitize, we think it’s a subject worth talking about.

 

Foodborne illness is caused by eating foods or drinking beverages that are contaminated with germs like bacteria, viruses, molds, or parasites. These pathogens can spread rapidly and can be picked up in many different ways. If there’s one thing that’s universal to all children everywhere it’s that they have tendency to play with, touch, or interact with things that may not always be the most sanitary. Yes, we remind them to wash their hands, but it’s advice they don’t always heed.

 

Often, foodborne illness can spread from something as simple as a toy passing between kids. When you work with kids you know there’s very rarely a quiet moment. It’s easy to miss something simple. If you want to learn more about food safety or food allergens visit our website to register for our online training courses. You’ve got a million and one things to remember and take care of. We’re here to help create a food safety culture and it starts with education and implementation.