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The Importance of Food Safety

Food Safety should never be overlooked in your operation. Outbreaks of food-borne illness in quick-service restaurants and national chains have become too common a story. Whether the illness is due to contaminated foods or unclean surfaces, food safety needs to be a top priority and an operators main concern.

The CDC estimates that 48 million Americans suffer annually from food-borne illnesses. Of those reports, 68 percent are attributed to restaurants and delis and, as many people know, it only takes one incident to destroy a reputation and a chain. Not only is a damaged reputation costly, but also the costs incurred by food-borne illness outbreaks can be tremendous.

So how can you strengthen your food safety practices?

Reduce Human Error
This can be a restaurant’s biggest concern. Its impossible to eliminate all human error, but there are steps to take that can reduce mistakes. One very effective way of reducing harmful pathogens is using an RTU cleaning product. The benefit of an RTU product is the ability to deliver a consistent, effective dose with each application, with no mixing or testing required. Additionally, increased discipline in employee training in food safety practices is critical.

Use Less Harmful Cleaning Products
Many cleaning products and disinfectants on the market today can be toxic, or irritating, to those who constantly use them. This can cause employees’ to skip cleaning practices in an effort to stay away from these products. Switching to a product that is less irritating lowers the risk of improper cleanliness.

No matter how operators choose to go about their food safety practices; owners and managers must remember how much is at stake. When someone gets sick at a restaurant, they are not likely to return. Even more, they are likely to share their bad experience with friends, family and over social media sites. Therefore, it’s imperative to stress the importance of food safety on every level.

For more information about Nicholas and Company cleaning products and food safety methods please contact your Sales Representative.

Information courtesy of QSR Magazine.

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