Tip of the Week

Did you know that food handlers themselves are the greatest cause of food poisoning incidents in this country!

When a food handler is ill and continues to work in the kitchen, there is a high risk of passing bacteria or viruses to other members of staff and customers.  Sometimes the food handler is not aware they could be contagious as the infection may be mild, or it could be the very early onset of illness, so they do not feel ill.

Bacteria and viruses passed from contaminated food handlers are usually picked up from dirty hands on common touchpoints such as fridge handles, microwave handles, worktops, tap handles etc.  Ready to eat foods are the greatest risk as the cooking process would kill off most bacteria.

It is vital to have good handwash procedures in place, but it is also critical to include all the common touchpoints in your daily cleaning regime to reduce the likelihood of cross contamination of bacteria.

Follow a 2-stage cleaning process – use blue roll and sanitiser (ideally with a contact time of 30 seconds).  Spray and wipe to clean the surface, then spray and leave for the contact time to sanitise.

Common touchpoints include –

  • Taps
  • Fridge door handles
  • Microwave door handles
  • Kitchen work surfaces
  • Door handles and push panels
  • Light switches

Alert

Make sure your kitchen sanitiser complies with BS EN 1276 so it is effective against Ecoli and Campylobacter bacteria.

Weekly Food Fact

24th January is Peanut Butter Day.  Did you know that, to comply with the term Peanut Butter, the product must contain a minimum of 90% peanuts.  It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 350g jar of peanut butter.

 

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