Every year 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) are affected by a foodborne illness. Another 128,000 people are hospitalized, and 3,000 die.
As a restaurant manager or owner, these statistics are quite alarming and, at any given time, it could impact your business. As a manager, one of the most important responsibilities you have is to keep the food that you serve safe. It’s a cost that you simply can’t afford. One foodborne illness outbreak can cost an establishment thousands of dollars or, in worst cases, result in closure. In addition, your staff may have to miss work, the reputation of the businesses could be negatively affected, and the establishment may face additional legal fees.
Avoid Cross Contamination – Use a different equipment for each type of food that is to be prepared or handled.
Know the Recalls – Visit the FDA website for the latest in food recalls. If you sense that there is a problem with any food product, do not use it. http://www.fda.gov/animalVeterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/default.htm
Train Your Staff – Prevention starts with proper food safety training. Even if your local health authority does not require food handler training, it is essential in preventing foodborne illnesses. Even teaching your employees to practice good hygiene habits, such as how and when to wash their hands, goes a long way in preventing the spread of germs.
Empowering your employees with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare and serve food safely will allow them to realize that they play a critical role in protecting the health and well-being of their customers.
Practice Proper Receiving and Food Storage – Food safety begins from the minute the food enters the restaurant. This means that all shipments need to be checked for spoilage. Once the food is accepted into the restaurant, it needs to be stored properly to ensure quality.
360training can help your restaurant fight foodborne illnesses today with our food handler or food manager programs. Contact one of our Training and Compliance Representatives today to learn more!