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Preventing Food Contamination in Your Restaurant

Safe food handling practices must be strictly followed by any restaurant operator. As inspectors and owners alike strive to create a safe environment for patrons, a few major concerns stand out: food storage and preparation, personal hygiene, and handling prepared foods. In this series of articles, we’ll go over the proper practices for each one to prevent cross-contamination in your restaurant. Before reading on, ensure your operation is secured with a Miami Restaurant Insurance program.

Food storage & prep.

  • Keep raw meat sealed in plastic bags or food storage containers.
  • Prevent raw meat from coming into contact with any other ingredient.
  • ServSafe recommends storing food in the following order from top to bottom based on the minimum internal cooking temperature of each product: ready to eat food, seafood, whole cuts of beef and pork, ground meat and ground fish, whole and ground poultry.
  • Color-code cutting boards and utensils to coordinate with raw poultry, seafood, meat, and vegetables.
  • Rigorously clean work surfaces.
  • Keep cooking equipment away from storage area.

Personal hygiene.

Hands and clothing carry a ton of bacteria and germs, which is why the following personal hygiene recommendations are encouraged.

  • Employees must wash hands with soap and warm water after using the restroom.
  • Require cooks to wear aprons and headwear to keep hair out of food.
  • Employees should wash hands after handling raw poultry or meat.
  • Employee should wear disposable gloves when handling these ingredients to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Prepared foods.

Implement the following safe practices to prevent cross-contamination when handling prepared foods.

  • Use separate utensils to serve meat, fish, poultry, and vegetables.
  • Never handle ice with bare hands.
  • Avoid touching food that will be served, hold the plates by their base.

About Advanced Insurance Underwriters

At Advanced Insurance Underwriters, we specialize in securing the restaurant industry. Our custom tailored packages can be altered to meet your specific risk exposures and provide peace of mind for your success. For more information, contact us today at (954) 963-6666.

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