Germs and bacteria can be absolutely deadly and almost nowhere is it more important to bear this in mind than in the industrial kitchens of hotels and restaurants that are responsible for hundreds of people’s food consumption. So how can hotels and restaurants ensure that the food it serves to its guests is safe? Admiral reveals all.
Firstly it is important to bear in mind that bacteria and viruses easily spread from hand to hand or hand to food, and so one of the key steps is to ensure that anyone who comes into contact with food washes their hands with soap and water before and after contact. Also, no one with noroviruses or the bacteria staphylococcus and streptococcus or a foodborne disease should handle food.
Essentially all food items, from poultry to raw meat to fish, cheeses and even fruits and vegetables have the potential to contain bacteria. Cross contamination is also something to be aware of; if someone has handled raw meat they should wash their hands with soap and water before handling items like fruits and vegetables which are less likely to contain bacteria.
When it comes to cleaning surfaces it is so important to disinfect as well as clean and there are many products which contain the necessarily bacteria busting ingredients which disinfect a range of appliances. As an example, we have a sanitising powder which is used against food poisoning bacteria in the main and so is great at disinfecting food preparation surfaces but it also works great on chopping boards. One great way to use this is to stack chopping boards up with a J Cloth in between each board with a layer of the sanitising powder overnight; the powder will actually draw out all of the dirt inside all of the score marks making the chopping board almost look like new. And even better, all possible bacteria will be killed.
It is the chlorine in this powder that will ensure bacteria is killed. A study by scientists at the University of North Carolina looked at the effectiveness of different cleaning ingredients and tests confirmed that chlorine-based sanitisers kill more than 99.9% of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella.