6 Food Safety tips for your business
Simple and basic food safety tips can help you achieve great results in terms of food safety.
There are many factors which food processing businesses need to consider when ensuring food safety for consumers. Adhering to the necessary food safety standards and regulations can help prevent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. Food that appears completely fine can contain pathogens—disease-causing bacteria, viruses, or parasites—that can make you sick. You should never taste a food to determine if it is safe to eat.
Here are 6 critical areas of focus that will help you to ensure that food safety is applied to your business.
Facilities location and design
The design and location of a food processing facility need to be taken into account when ensuring food safety meets the correct standards. Areas that are known to be pest “hot spots” as well as prone to pollution need to be avoided to reduce the risk of contamination. Materials used for the internal structure of buildings should be durable, prevent buildup of dirt, easy to clean and maintain, and safe for staff.
Machinery and production line design
The layout of the production line should allow easy maintenance and cleaning of machinery and surrounds and prevent contamination of the food products and ingredients during the production process.
The design of machinery used for food processing also has to be taken into account to comply with food safety regulations. Poor design can result in build-up of food material in hidden places that are difficult to clean. There are standards for machinery design, such as the NSF equipment design standard, to ensure all food handling and processing is performed to a high standard of hygiene.
Pest control plays an important part in food safety. Troublesome insects such as cockroaches and flies can spread food-borne diseases by contaminating food at any stage of production. Rodents also spread diseases as well as causing damage to buildings, fixtures and machinery. Stored product insects can damage and contaminate food during transport and storage.
Investing in pest control monitoring and detection can help prevent pests from entering a food processing establishment, assisting in the compliance of food safety.
Provide appropriate containers and suitable waste storage areas. Establish adequate procedures for the storage and removal of waste. This prevents build-up of waste and pests and reduces risk of contamination of ingredients, equipment and products.
Your kitchen cleanliness is a pre-requesite to HACCP and food preparation
Establish cleaning and disinfection programs to ensure the correct hygiene standards are met and reduce the risk of a foodborne illness outbreak. This includes properly cleaning and disinfecting food preparation areas as well as machinery and utensils used within the food processing cycle to eliminate the microorganisms that cause food poisoning. Adhering to the correct cleaning processes will also reduce the risk of pests such as rodents, flies and cockroaches in food preparation and processing areas by removing potential food sources and insect breeding sites.
Establishing proactive maintenance measures for premises and food processing machinery to ensure they run smoothly and properly, and ensures the production of safe foods. Pests such as rats and mice can affect the way in which machines perform, gnawing at the power cables and contaminating the components that have direct contact with the products.