Food industries should maintain the work place clean and neat to prevent foodborne illness. Unsanitary surface is the main source of bacteria growth and this lead to food contamination. Even though your work surface looks clean, it doesn’t mean that it is hygienic. So you need to make sure that your work place is clean and sanitize before start preparing the food. You can hire an industrial cleaning company to do the cleaning process.
Equipment Maintenance Is Vital!
Older equipment may have nooks and crannies where dirt and bacteria can hide, which can be difficult to clean effectively. All equipment must be routinely cleaned and inspected. You need to establish a proper cleaning procedure and followed at all times with regular review to ensure that procedures are working. If you notice any safety concerns with the equipment while cleaning it, such as a frayed cord, missing guard or loose parts, let your supervisor know immediately. If equipment is replaced or cleaning materials change, the process of cleaning and sanitation must be adjusted.
Before washing, scrape dishes and pre-soak any items with hard to remove residue. Effective dishwashing ensures that all equipment is sanitary and ready for use when required. If the dishes are washed manually, then you need to use a commercial detergent and 45°C (113°F) water. Then rinse it in clean hot water and sanitize for 2 minutes with an approved sanitizing solution. After that the drain boards should be sanitized and sloped for drainage.
Maintaining a sanitation plan is vital in food preparation areas of every food industry. It helps you to make sure that
- Reduces the risks of transferring bacteria or other pathogens from an unclean surface to clean equipment such as cutting boards or tools
- All the surfaces are cleaned on a regular basis
A sanitation plan has two components:
- A cleaning schedule, outlining how each item needs to be cleaned, who is responsible, and how frequently it happens
- A list of cleaning and sanitizing agents or supplies with instructions on their safe use and storage
Even though you clean the equipment, you need to sanitize it to make sure that they are bacteria free and hygienic to prepare food. Cleaning can remove only the grease or dirt, but may not kill the bacteria that causes illness. Only the sanitizers used in food industry can ensure that the bacteria are killed and it is safe for preparing food. The common sanitizers used in food industry include iodine, quaternary solutions and chlorine solutions. Make sure to use these materials based on the manufacturer’s instruction to get the best result out of it.