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Do you service a number of Bar and Tavern Insurance clients who have concerns about safety issues and potential legal liability problems resulting from food contamination in their establishment? If so, you may want to learn about what causes contamination and how your clients can take strategic steps to prevent it from happening. Tips to Prevent Cross-Contamination can potentially help your clients keep themselves, their workers and their patrons safe. Here’s how your tavern and food service clients can help prevent food contamination.
Be Aware of the Most Common Types of Bacteria and Contaminations
The first step in combatting contaminations is understanding what the most common types of bacteria are that can grow on the foods often served in taverns. Becoming familiar with the following contaminatory bacteria could help your clients know which foods to pay extra attention to.
- Canned and vacuum-sealed foods may develop clostridium botulinum
- Poultry, unpasteurized dairy, meat, eggs and seafood may develop salmonella
- Shellfish and raw meats may develop campylobacter jejuni
- Certain processed foods may develop listeria monocytogenes
Understand Which Actions May Be More Likely To Cause Contamination
Your clients should also have a good grasp on the sorts of actions that can make food contamination much more likely to occur. For instance, if your clients are lackadaisical about keeping raw meats separate from other foods or refrigerating dairy products all the time, they may be breaking food laws or regulations while putting themselves, their employees and their clients at risk. Some of the most common causes behind contamination include:
- Infections or infestations during slaughter, packaging, processing or transport
- Incorrect food handling or cross-contamination
- Leaving spoilable products such as meat or dairy unrefrigerated
Have Strict Food Handling Rules in Place and Train Staff Carefully
Perhaps the best way to prevent food contamination is to institute strict food handling rules and ensure that all staff is properly trained to handle different foods. Your clients can make sure their customers have a safe eating out experience by:
- Regularly wiping down all surfaces and cleaning dishes and diners’ utensils well
- Instituting mandatory hygiene practices in the kitchen, including glove- and hair net-wearing
- Keeping different types of foods in separate containers
- Keeping perishable foods refrigerated at appropriate temperatures at all times
- Preparing foods more vulnerable to contamination at a separate time from other foods or in a different part of the kitchen
When your Bar and Tavern Insurance clients raise concerns about the possibility of food contamination and ask what they can do to avoid the physical safety and legal or even financial issues that can arise from it, it may be time to work through this list of strategies with them. By learning about the most common types of bacteria, understanding frequent root causes of contamination and upping staff training standards and food handling rules, your clients can help prevent contamination and keep their staff and their patrons healthy and safe.
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