With the joy and wonder of the holiday season comes increased volume at your establishment. With the extra traffic, it’s easy for your staff members to cut corners in an attempt to save time. However, not following proper safety guidelines can have disastrous effects on your guests’ health and ruin your reputation. Keep your diners safe throughout the holiday season with these quick food safety tips:
- Consistent Cleaning – Instruct employees to consistently clean their hands whenever switching tasks. Keep food-contact surfaces clean and sanitized throughout the business day to prevent spreading dirt and diseases.
- Separate Ingredients – Use specialized and color-coded equipment, like Dexter Sani-Safe knives and San Jamar cutting boards, to keep meats, vegetables, and other products separate and contamination-free.
- Cook & Chill – Properly cook food items to avoid the temperature danger zone and kill harmful bacteria. Similarly, avoid leaving foods out at room temperature for too long since bacteria can grow rapidly in certain foods.
- Use Observation – Be sure to check the expiration dates on all of your perishable food ingredients. Additionally, use keen observation to weed out potentially questionable foods; if it looks, tastes, or smells questionable, just throw the products out.