What is Food Safety and Kitchen Employees…

Food Safety is a scientific discipline that describes handling, preparation and storage of food in ways that prevent food borne illnesses. Food borne illnesses are caused by microorganisms found on or within the food. Such microbes have great chances of spreading around the kitchen; causing cross contamination to other ready to eat foods.

This discipline is maintained through following specific and precise rules and regulations; that are subsequently protected by preventive food safety programs such as the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point); which mainly analyze potential hazards that may occur and sets corrective measures before the hazard occurs.

To a great extent the key to fulfill this discipline lie within a well trained kitchen staff. Kitchen employees ought to have the knowledge and comprehension of Food Safety and of its preventive programs.

The basics of Food Safety, every employee must know, are Kitchen Safety and Food Hygiene that includes:

1.General overview of the kitchen: floors, walls, windows, doors, building, facility, ventilation, lighting, plumbing and water, and how to react in emergencies (fire, electricity etc).
2.Waste Disposal: types, location, cover, cleaning, maintenance, and frequency of emptying.
3.Cleaning and Sanitizing Operations: principles and application of cleaning procedures; detergents, disinfectants, anti-bacterial cleaners and sanitizers use.
4.Employees Personal Hygiene: personal appearance, personal actions and habits (uniforms, hairnets, gloves, makeup, perfumes, jewelry, eating, smoking, illness and injury), washing hands.
5.Food Hygiene: following the flow of food (meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, fruits and vegetables) from receiving, to storage (wet and dry), to preparation, to packaging and finally serving.

Every employee is responsibile to maintain Food Safety from the Farm to the Fork, yet this is not only the responsibilty of individuals or groups; organizations and the goverment has an important role in spreading Food Safety education to decrease risks and prevent outbreaks…

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/

Buying Meat… Be Careful…

I want to share with you this story…

Last week I went with my sister to purchase some vegetables, meat and fish from a very well know supermarket….

We first started with the vegetables… we got lettuce, carrots, and coriander… with some strawberries and apples…

On our way to the fish display area… we saw a massive and huge fish lying on a bed of ice… and it seemed that the employees where just playing with it… have a look…

When I approach the employee and asked him what exactly is he doing with the fish??? He laughed and said… Don’t worry this fish is only used for “Fish Kibbe” that means minced fish… Yet, I didn’t get the point… If this fish is used to make ” Fish Kibbe” that means he can play around with it????

Here is another shot…

The journey continues… we reached the meat area… my sister asked for Brazillian Beef Filet…

They looked lovely… red and clean…

The beef filet was vaccumed packed… the employee removed the filet from the bag and placed it on a wooden cutting board… the beef filet was cut… packed and priced…

All is well… we went home…

As we reached the house… My sister removed the meat from the plastic bags… and at this moment a very very bad smell was released from the meat… as if there’s a dead animal or something…

We called the supermarket… they said ok… fine… please get us the meat…

Back to the supermarket… non of the managers or responsibles came to see what’s the problem… We were only talking to the butcher… The butcher was trying to convince us that the meat is very safe and this smell is normal… He took another vaccumed piece and set it on the same cutting board to cut it… We told him thank you very much we really don’t want the meat or any meat… especially that you’re just using the same contaminated tools for all your meats…

It might be a boring story or an intresting story… Yet, it’s sad to see how much people are indifferent when it comes to food safety…

What do you say???

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