Tip of the Week

Cleanliness is next to ………..  food poisoning?   How clean are your team’s hands?

How hot is your kitchen this week? Very, I hear you shout.  Unfortunately, bacteria loves this level of heat.  It is the perfect heat for multiplication of bacteria so it is essential to keep all your chopping boards, knives, work surfaces and hands scrupulously clean.

The most common cause of food poisoning illness is from human bacteria (ie. your staff).  So check that your whole team adheres to the following hand washing procedure:–

Wash hands with antibacterial handwash soap and use hot water.  Wash hands thoroughly including the palms and between the fingers.  Use blue roll or handtowels to dry hands.

Wash hands –

  • After a toilet break
  • After sneezing, coughing
  • After touching hair
  • After handling raw foods
  • After changing any task within the kitchen
  • Before handling food
  • After taking in deliveries.


Put into practice the rule for all staff to wash hands every time they re-enter the kitchen.

Weekly Food Fact

Did you know that 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch alone which means that they can be easily prevented by washing hands.  Touching food, fridge handles, worksurfaces etc., with contaminated hands spreads foodborne illnesses such as Salmonella, E. Coli and diarrheal infection.