Food Safety Activities
Food safety is teamwork and it should be carried out with strong commitment at every level of operations. Food safety activities start at purchases and end in the wash area.
So, these are the steps of food safety activity in the hotel industry:
- Quality ingredients should be procured from the most reliable sources.
- Perishable ingredients should be fresh at the time of purchasing.
- Meat, fish, and dairy products should be free from foul smell and sign of spoilage.
- Fruits and vegetables should be free from bruises and blemishes.
- Canned foods should be verified for manufacturing date, batch number, and expiry date.
- Bulged or dented can of products not be bought.
All the points mentioned in the purchasing section should be verified at the receiving point. Cod food should be at an appropriate temperature.
- All the dry goods must be stored properly in closed containers or bins at a minimum height of 18″.
- Perishable foods must be stored in a refrigerator or freezer.
- Meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products should be stored separately.
- Meat, fish, cheese, paneer, etc. should be wrapped in a cling paper and stored.
- Periodical pest control measures should be undertaken without contaminating the stock with chemicals.
- All the ingredients to be issued to the kitchen must be kept in the trays separately.
- Issue the cold food last.
- Check the expiry date and for any damage before issuing the canned products.
- All the ingredients must be washed thoroughly before preparation.
- Separate work tables and areas should be used for preparing vegetables, fish, meat, and poultry.
- Cleaning and storing shellfish need extra attention as this can be spoiled quickly.
- Cutting boards should be washed thoroughly after preparing a batch of ingredients.
- Hands should be washed frequently with detergent during the work.
- All prepared ingredients should be stored in separate containers and kept covered. If not for immediate use, it should be stored in the refrigerator.
- All the waste should be deposited in the covered disposable bin and to be discarded frequently.
- Use clean vessels for cooking.
- Cook the food for a considerable length of time.
- Always refrigerate leftovers within one hour. Serve them cold or thoroughly reheated.
- Reheating cooked food should be done rapidly at 74 degrees celsius.
- Never use foods from bulging, leaking, or rusting cans.
- Keep the cooked food covered.
- Wipe the spill immediately.
- Hold the food in the bain-marie before service.
- All salads should be wrapped with a cling sheet of paper.
Store the hot food in a bain-marie and cold food in cold cabinets till required.
- All service equipment should be thoroughly cleaned before using it. Clean service equipment must be used for handling the food.
- Food must be transferred on to the plate with service spoon and fork, tongs, ladles, etc. and never by hand.
- Hot food should be served hot and cold food cold.
- The food wastage should be pushed down in the trash lined with garbage disposable bags.
- The washed items should be allowed to dry by themselves by placing them on a clean table.
- There should not be any food stain operations, food must be handled carefully to prevent the multiplication of bacteria and cross-contamination.