Safety when it comes to food is underrated. It’s overlooked a lot. However, it remains crucial because of food’s role in our bodies.
Food gives our bodies nutrients and the energy needed to function throughout the day. As the adage goes, “You are what you eat,” eating something that was not prepared well or cleanly may also affect your health. What makes food safety critical is how it affects businesses. People are affected, too.
What are some practices that you can do to maintain food hygiene? Some of these include the following, too:
Gloves can go a long way toward protecting your meal. When preparing food, gloves are a barrier between the potentially dangerous pathogens and the food the worker prepares.
More than fifteen (15) years ago, National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods discovered that hand-to-hand contact with food greatly contributed to the transmission of foodborne illness.
The standard industry usage here for gloves is plastic gloves. Although they are now more commonly used, it does not mean that they magically make the food you prep safe.
One caveat, however, is that gloves tend to be easily contaminated. One thing you can do to overcome this weakness of the gloves, though, is to wash your hands before putting on a pair of gloves.
Another way you can lessen contact too is by using a touchless plastic utensil dispenser.
There are pillars in food safety fundamentals that tie into food hygiene. The fourth one is a foundational principle that prevents the growth of bacteria and ensures the quality of food is maintained.
One such practice is to chill the food. This means ensuring foods are stored at the correct temperature to prevent harmful bacteria growth.
When putting the food to cool and chill in the fridge, it must be kept at 0 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, your refs should be set to 3-4 degrees Celsius.
Thorough cleaning is another way to practice good food hygiene before meal preparation. Thorough cleaning is applied to more than just the ingredients.
It also applies to using clean and sanitized tools, surfaces, and utensils. In return, the act prevents the spread of harmful bacteria.
For those who are cooking the food, you may know this: beginning the food prep with a clean station is crucial. A thorough cleaning helps you achieve such an effect.
By thoroughly cleaning, you also give the food a stronger chance to be cleaner and safer. After all, in a food service business, you cater to your market and audience. Their safety will also rely on you.
Lastly, we have to prepare the food correctly. Some foods require a particular way of preparing and storing them.
We may ruin their flavor if we do not prepare them with instructions. The worst-case scenario is that we can also ruin its longevity.
You also have to store your food properly to prevent this from happening.
Food hygiene is a crucial component of the dining experience. Behind the scenes, it ensures the eaters will access food that is safe to eat and free from contamination.
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