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Food Safety & Sanitation highlights


Food safety involves safeguarding food from anything that could harm the health of consumers. High standards enable everyone to enjoy their food without illness, injury or other problems, but poor standards can lead to all kinds of harm. Food safety is important to everyone, which is why the people who work with food have a responsibility for keeping food safe to eat.

Food safety: is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation , and storage of foodin ways that prevent foodborne illness. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazzards. Food can transmit diseasefrom person to person as well as serve as a growth medium for bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Debates on genetic food safety include such issues as impact of genetically modified foodon health of further generations and genetic pollution of environment, which can destroy natural biological diversity. In developed countries there are intricate standards for food preparation, whereas in lesser developed countriesthe main issue is simply the availability of adequate safe water, which is usually a critical item, In theory food poisoning is 100% preventable.

Rules concerning the preparation of food have existed for centuries. In modern times, regulations have been developed to cover every aspect of the handling, serving, and/or sale of food. There may be many situations that exist in the routine procedures of a non-profit or civic organization where food safety is not accounted for – but should be. Parishioners, members, and attendees can all be affected by poor food safety and sanitation issues, so an organization that works to improve these areas is actively protecting their members from unsuspected harm. No parishioner attends a covered dish supper believing they will become ill. No one attends a luncheon meeting at a local civic organization with the thought that they will have to deal with an unexpected upset stomach after the activity finishes.

Food safety and sanitation are a hand-in-hand process. Cleaning and sanitizing is not the same thing, but in fact, two different steps in a process. Cleaning is the process of making something free from dirt and residue. It involves the use of energy – human or machine – to wipe, rub, scrub, scour, brush, and or sweep something clean. Sanitizing takes place AFTER cleaning and rinsing. It reduces pathogenic organisms to levels considered safe for human health. Surfaces must be clean before sanitizing can be carried out, because soil and food residue can stop sanitizers from working properly.

Cleaning and sanitizing help:

Sanitizing is the reduction of microorganisms to a low level that is safe for human health, even though some organisms and their spores may survive the process. Sanitation is not the same as sterilization, which involves the destruction of ALL microorganisms. Sanitizing can be achieved by the use of either heat or chemicals. Thermal and chemical sanitizers must be applied after cleaning and rinsing and must be left in contact with the surface long enough to work properly: this is referred to as contact time.

The Five key principles of Food Safety are:

1.     Prevent contaminating food with pathogens spreading from people, pets, and pests.

2.     Separate raw and cooked foods to prevent contaminating the cooked foods.

3.     Cook foods for the appropriate length of time and at the appropriate temperature to kill pathogens.

4.     Store food at the proper temperature.

5.     Do use safe water and cooked materials

Unless it is disposed of properly, food waste and other trash, such as food packaging can easily be a source of bacterial and physical contamination in addition to attracting many types of pests. Containers need to be emptied on a regular basis, always use a liner, and never be permitted to remain inside the establishment overnight – this is the ‘Ollie, Ollie in come free’ for many pests. Dumpsters can be another problem source if they are not cleaned every so often. Many sanitation companies will remove and return the dumpster for cleaning when requested.


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-- Duggan Cooley, former CEO- RCS

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