It is important to clarify that the establishment in question was appalled with the recent findings, taking immediate action to restore their five-star rating as recommended by the Food Standards Agency. How do you maintain a high standard of sanitation across your business? What system do you currently have in place to help avoid public exposure for the wrong reasons?
Although the news appears to have been met with shock and surprise, it really underlines the need for a universal cleaning system to be enforced under current UK law. The risk of food contamination is ever-present from production through to service, but what we can do is adhere to the most straightforward and logical proposal, a colour-coded cleaning system which has been widely adopted by catering and hospitality industries for many years.
The headline also prompts a debate over the mandatory display of food hygiene ratings, which currently lies at the business owner’s discretion. Food hygiene ratings, scored between 0 and 5, can easily be accessed online, but some argue that displaying this score at the front of each restaurant will promote customer confidence, giving an instant impression of cleanliness especially for people who aren’t constantly browsing on mobiles and tablets.
What can you do to indicate a clean environment to customers?
John Thornhill, who owns a tapas restaurant rated five in central London, says fresh flowers are usually a good sign - if owners care enough to put them out..
"there's still some love there".
Also, he suggests:
"I would ask your server what their favourite dish is. If you get a response that talks about the latest seasonal changes and how they tried this as a group last week, chances are you're in a good situation. If you get the impression that they never eat there, you probably shouldn't either."
Original story courtesy of BBC news.
Food safety and hygiene expert Dr. Lisa Ackerley recommends the time-honoured rout of checking the loos.
"Go in the toilets, see what it looks like in there, if they can't get that right, I'm sure they won't have got the kitchen right," she says.
There are also several ways to conduct a thorough cleaning operation without dramatically overhauling any practices you have in place, and helping you keep within your budget. Our ultimate kitchen cleaning guide gives an overview of the most essential cleaning areas, and the cleaning zones which are most commonly overlooked. Further down you’ll also find a list of essential tools and equipment to ensure that your venue is consistently germ-free and safe for your staff and customers.
It’s also important to note that ‘touch points’ are widely considered to be under-estimated causes of spreading germs, which can include any area which is touched frequently, such as taps, handles and soap dispensers. These areas are all capable of harbouring harmful bacteria and require just as much attention as the more obvious cleaning areas such as washroom floors and toilet doors.
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By Jeff Gibson