No matter whether your eatery business is indoor, outdoor or mobile, there are certain health (and dare we say; common knowledge) areas which are not only recommended but necessary in order to keep your business, in business!
Keep it Clean.
Sand between the toes may be the epitome of summer, but your customers won’t be happy to find sand in their food. When it comes to any dining, the number one rule is to keep food and tools clean. The simple but effective method of washing your hands in hot, soapy water before handling any food or tools is our number one tip.
Clean start should make for a clean experience! Make certain all work surfaces, cutting boards, knives and any other utensils have been cleaned in hot, soapy water, especially after handling any raw food. We recommend investing in some antibacterial hand sanitizer and paper towels.
When outdoors, not only is it necessary to keep your own tools of the trade clean, but don’t forget to clean up after yourselves- take to the outdoors with a solid supply of rubbish bags.
Food Handling and Pest Control.
Businesses that are involved in food handling have special commercial pest control requirements. People who are at picnics might have small children running around, and they might be surrounded by wildlife. Either way, pest control is very important- nobody wants anomalies handling their food.
In a formal business setting, it is imperative that pest control is of the utmost importance to the provider. Not only do government regulators have high standards, but your customers do too. It is important to find a balanced control system that gets rid of pests, keeps them from coming back, and ensures a safe food handling environment.
An experienced commercial pest control company will work with you to design a comprehensive plan to meet your needs, not to mention helping to eliminate the possibility of large fines and penalties.
So there are three simple steps to control pests that you can work on with your pest control company:
1. Eliminate Pests – Get them gone, and keep them gone!
Your commercial pest control solution will focus on preventing infestation and removing any present concerns. Sealing potential points of entry and using good sanitation protocols to reduce the attraction are the primary methods.
2. Follow Safety Standards.
Federal, state, and local safety standards should be considered. In addition to standards regarding the presence of pests, be aware of allowable chemicals. Food contact areas must be free from toxic materials.
3. All of this above will result in: minimizing customer concerns, keeping them happy.
If the customer has no reason to believe there are any pest issues, then that’s great.
Government regulations and safety standards mean that your service provider must be experienced in handling food business accounts. You must be able to provide your customers with products that are safe and uncontaminated. Thankfully, commercial pest control and chemical free food products can go hand in hand.
Even a glimpse of a pest can result in severe loss of business, as the news spreads. At the same time, if customers fear commercial pest control chemicals in their food, they will find another business to frequent.
Mixing raw meat or poultry with food that will be eaten uncooked is a recipe for disaster, in fact it’s a leading cause of foodborne illness. To avoid this cross-contamination of foods do not allow the juices of raw meats, poultry or fish to come in contact with other foods. Never reuse the packaging material from meat, poultry or fish, such as foam meat trays or plastic wrap.
Hot Food is Hot: Cold Food is Cold.
This seems simple enough, but many food borne illness are the result of storing hot foods with cold foods incorrectly.
In order to avoid this, make sure you have the right storage services for both hot and cold foods. For example; a form of refrigeration for cold, and an insulated heated storage facility for hot food. This could be as simple as an esky to a picnic, a fridge in your café, heated trays or pots for mobile activities, and the likes of an oven in your restaurant to properly cook and heat food.
Within an esky, keep the food on ice and make sure any raw food is kept air-tight and as above, this will help limit cross-contamination of foods.
Euro Chill have a great array of commercial refrigerators and heaters. Don’t hesitate to check their products out here.
These few easy tips should be enough to help you create an experience worth remembering, for all the right reasons!