Food Hygiene, otherwise known as Food Safety can be defined as handling, preparing and storing food or drink in a way that best reduces the risk of consumers becoming sick from the food-borne disease.
The principles of food safety aim to prevent food from becoming contaminated and causing food poisoning, loss of stock and revenue.
This means that food hygiene is important at home as well as in the restaurant, retail store or food factory.
There has become an ever-increasing awareness of food safety by the general public and news agencies are reporting on food recalls and outbreaks much more often.
Reviewing the available statistics, The CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalised, and 3,000 die from food poisoning.
Personal hygiene is a practice everyone should have. It is important to always wash your hands with soap and water before handling food.
What Are The Food Safety Pillars?
Cleaning & Sanitising
The first step in creating a food safety system is the fundamental aspect of cleaning and sanitising.
The second pillar is probably the most important in terms of eliminating cross-contamination. Hand washing and clean hands awareness are critical to food safety.
The third pillar can be categorised into two areas Perishable foods (Cold storage)
The fourth pillar of food safety is a fundamental principle in preventing the growth of bacteria and ensuring the quality of food is maintained.
The fifth and final pillar of food safety related to how food is handled during storage and preparation.
Food Handling carries the greatest risk when dealing with cross-contamination.
Using the food safety pillars is an essential way to prevent food poisoning. This system can be used in any kitchen, whether at home, hotel, restaurant, food truck or food factory.
PREVENT THE SPREAD
Cross-contamination is a major cause of food poisoning and can transfer bacteria from one food to another (usually raw foods to ready to eat foods).
It is crucial to be aware of how it spreads so you will know how to prevent it.
- Clean surfaces and structures,
- Good waste management practice,
- Clean containers, storage areas and tanks.
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