More things about food safety you should know


For people who are running or already opened a restaurant, it’s easy to think that you have enough knowledge of food safety to run a clean and efficient foodservice operation. But just by looking at this, you can see that changes to what constitutes what is “safe” in foodservice changes constantly. Here are a few additional tips about food safety that should be considered.

Start adopting beard nets yesterday

Do you or your staff have a beard that’s longer than a half-inch? Congratulations, you just gave yourself a reason to start buying and providing beard nets for your kitchen staff.

That’s right, in addition to providing hairnets for your house staff, it doesn’t hurt to have beard nets as well. With the continuing hipster culture (and beard culture in general), it’s better to prevent any more hair to land on your patrons’ food. After all, nobody likes hair on their soup.

Keep the bathrooms squeaky-clean

As long as you work in a restaurant, know that there’s no such thing as keeping the bathrooms too clean. In fact, it’s going to do both your staff and your patrons a lot of good to make sure your bathrooms (and that includes staff bathrooms!) are as clean as possible, all the time.

This could mean as simple as making sure your bathroom supplies are well-stocked. But more than stating the obvious, is to make sure there’s at least a checklist clipboard in the bathroom and make sure that everyone is aware that the bathrooms are well-kept.

And of course, when you’re done cleaning the bathroom, make sure to wash your hands before going back to work.

Make sure your food’s well organized and clearly labeled

Do you have a well-balanced system of how your food’s organized and labeled? Great, keep up the good work.

If not, then you have your work cut ahead of you. First of all, your food should be well-organized. Your kitchen staff should clearly be aware where are the produce, dairy, meats, poultry, wheats, grains, and more.

Additionally, make sure your labels are legible and dissolvable. This makes sure you have more time to label items correctly and spending less time removing labels for washing.