If you work in the food industry, you will know that food hygiene is incredibly important. Of course, everyone should be aware of food hygiene – restaurants should be sure to have a clean environment when prepping meals, and grocery shoppers should be sure to practice proper food hygiene at home as well. Food hygiene often starts with the supplier or manufacturer.
However, no matter who you are or in which category you fall, food hygiene is important, which is why we’re going to be walking you through a few things you should know about it.
It doesn’t have to be hard
This can be hard to hear, but the reality is that a lot of people don’t practice proper food hygiene simply because they think it’s too much effort.
As you can imagine, this cannot be an option for food manufacturers, as they need to ensure that their food hygiene is always of the highest standard. Luckily, food hygiene doesn’t have to be hard, even if you are a manufacturer dealing with big loads of food. Manufacturers and suppliers can make their lives a lot easier by investing in an easy-to-clean food grade conveyor.
Different foods require different hygiene practices
It may go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway – not all food can be treated the same way when it comes to hygiene. Think about it – we’re often told to rinse our vegetables, but that doesn’t mean rinsing is the best option for all foods; just think about what a disaster it would be if we had to try to rinse our bread!
It also doesn’t just depend on the type of food, but its purpose. Are you prepping it for immediate consumption, or you do want to preserve it?
You should check it multiple times
Of course, if you’re just at home getting food ready for dinner, there’s no need to check the food a hundred times to make sure it’s safe to eat.
But for restaurants, manufacturers, and other businesses that deal with food, one slip could lead to a lot of trouble, which is why it’s always best to check the food multiple times to ensure that it’s safe for consumption. You should also always check that the area you’re working in is clean. This is where good quality control comes in handy.
Despite your best efforts, errors can still happen. A supplier may check food and think it’s fine, only to have a restaurant call them a few hours later, claiming that it’s rotten.
Remember that food is a tricky thing to work with, and it’s very hard to predict how it will react in certain situations. However, if this is a recurring situation, it might be a sign that there’s something wrong with your food hygiene, so you might need to set up stricter protocols.
And if you do follow all the necessary steps to create a hygienic environment and something still goes wrong with the food, it’s not a lost cause – you can simply use it for a compost heap.