Good Hygiene Is Good Business, A Must Read

November 6th, 2014 | by Kimberly Gonzalez
Good Hygiene Is Good Business, A Must Read
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Food hygiene is probably one of those things that restaurants and hotels need to be stringent about, however, it is important for every person to maintain high hygiene standards especially if it concerns food. It is important to know how to prepare food safely and hygienically. Every single day people get sick from the food they eat this could be caused by micro-organisms like bacteria, virus and molds. Some of these disorders are depicted through symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains and some symptoms last for a very short time, others last for a prolonged period while others are simply fatal.

Almost anybody can experience food poisoning but some people, including children, babies and older people are more prone to serious symptoms. Pregnant women are also at risk at acquiring serious symptoms and this may also affect the unborn baby therefore it very important for businesses in the hospitality and food industry to observe good food hygiene. General home hygiene is also important to observe, some if not most of the symptoms of bad food hygiene can also be experienced through bad home hygiene. Here are just a few basic facts that you ought to consider in order to maintain good hygiene at your restaurant, hotel or business.

HAND WASHING

Hands are probably the greatest spreaders of germs around the home or at restaurants. One of the best ways to curb the spread of germs around a hotel or a restaurant is proper hand washing. Washing of hands lowers the transmission of colds, diarrhea and handful strains of viruses. Businesses are therefore encouraged to put up water sinks at convenient places around the premises so that customers are able to wash their hands whenever necessary. It is also important to encourage employees that work I the kitchen or in any way associated with food to clean their hands before and after cooking and observe the recommended hygiene measures.

CUTTING BOARD

The chopping board is probably one of the greatest hosts of bacteria and compared to the average toilet seat it is considered to have around 200% more bacteria. This makes it very unsafe for preparing food especially when you have to chop meat or other food on it on a daily basis. For businesses that handle food, It is important to separate chopping boards especially for poultry, red meat, vegetables and fish. It is also important to clean the board before and after preparing food. Some of these measures are regularly supervised by health ministries in almost all countries in order to ensure that the highest hygiene standards are maintained.

KITCHEN SINK SQUALOR

The kitchen sink typically acts as a host to more germs than the average toilet seat. This is because most people dump already dirty cutlery in the sink and most of the time there are bits of food that tend to remain on the plates that continue to decay and bring about bacteria. It is important to clean the sink after meals and make sure that you dump all the excess food in the bin after meals. A restaurant or a hotel should ensure that all sinks in the kitchen are cleaned regularly and that they do not block in order to avoid kitchen disasters or other unprecedented occurrences.

SPONGE HOTBED

Most hotels, restaurants and households use sponge to clean around the kitchen and this acts as a host to germs and bacteria and it can be really hard to disinfect therefore it is good to replace it regularly.

BACTERIA

Bacteria are single cell organisms that are usually microscopic and are difficult to detect using the naked eye. They can multiply into eight million cells in around 24 hours and most are harmful to the human body. Bacteria can be spread knowingly and unknowingly. Businesses can avoid the spread of germs and bacteria by ensuring cleanliness around the premises at all times and good hygiene laws and standards.

GOOD GERMS

Not all germs are bad to our health. Some bacteria help us in areas such as digestion and can therefore be considered as good germs. This sort of relationship is known as a symbiotic relationship.

Carpets are the main holders of dust and a few germs. A carpet holds dead skin, hair that has fallen off, bits of food, insects and the like. These may be hosts to an array of germs that may be harmful. It is important to clean the carpet regularly with disinfectants. A lot of businesses and companies have placed carpets in almost all offices; this makes it very easy for germs to make their way to human bodies. Carpets around the offices and hallways need to be cleaned on a daily basis if not at least twice a day in order to ensure that no germs, dust or dirt accumulate and cause health problems.

DIRTY LAUNDRY

Dirty clothes such as uniforms, table cloths or any other cloth used in restaurants or hotels are the main cause of most skin diseases and they also host germs and bacteria. Businesses should ensure that these cloths are cleaned regularly at high temperature or using antibiotics. Every employee should also ensure that they keep their uniforms clean every time they are on duty and the company should ensure that these standards are met.

UNCOOKED FOOD

Most animals that provide humans with meat such as poultry, meat, fish etc, usually contain different types of bacteria, germs and diseases and these could be easily transferred to humans causing diseases. It is recommended that restaurants and hotels clean the meat properly before cooking and making sure that the animal was not suffering from any sort of disease. You should also make sure that the meat is cooked properly under proper heat around 70°C. All food in general should be cooked properly. Restaurants that serve bad or uncooked food usually experience losses from loss of clients and they acquire a bad reputation that is certainly not good for business.

FOOD POISONING

World Health Organization in 2003 estimated that around 40% of food poisoning cases around Europe occurred in the home. However, there are occurrences of food poisoning occurring from restaurants and hotels and also from company cafeterias. There are symptoms of food poisoning that can be fatal therefore as a business it is always good to observe good hygiene when dealing with food or anything else in relation.

PROPER FOOD STORAGE

Many restaurants and hotels buy acquire food and related supplements in bulk and these are stored in the premises under supervised and pre-programmed conditions. As a business, storage of such supplements should be exercised cautiously in order to avoid losses from the supplements going bad and acting as a host to germs and bacteria that can cause poisoning. Nobody wants to be served bad food.

MUDDY SOLES

When we step outside the house, our shoes usually collect dirt, dust, mud and sometimes animal dumping. This gets stuck at the bottom of our soles and can be spread around the business premises, restaurants and hotels creating an environment for germs and bacteria to thrive. Businesses should consider installing measures like mud scrappers, dust carpets and mats where people can clean down their shoes fast before accessing the premises. These mats and carpets should be cleaned regularly together with floors on the whole premises.

There are a few very educative articles and courses that businesses can use to educate their employees and the general public on the importance of observing and maintaining high hygiene standards. One such course that exclusively serves this purpose can be found here: http://www.thedigitalcollege.co.uk/course/an-introduction-to-basic-food-hygiene-course. Good hygiene is always good business.

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