Home > Diet and nutrition > Food safety Updated 07 October 2015 Food safety is king Even though many may not have encountered a bad experience, food safety is usually top of mind for consumers. 0 Related Food safety standard in spotlight Safety during food processing Baby food safety Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » 10 foods to boost your immune system Your quick guide to Banting It is safe to say that most people have wondered about the food-handling practices in the restaurants and franchises that they dine at. Even though many may not have encountered a bad experience, food safety is usually top of mind for consumers – and should be even more so for restaurant owners and managers who need to stress safe food handling and sanitary practices in their kitchens. It all starts with sanitation. There are several reasons why sanitation and safe food handling practices are important in the commercial kitchen. Firstly, sanitation is a legal requirement, therefore the simplest argument for maintaining a safe, sanitary commercial kitchen is because you are legally required to do so. Health inspectors are commissioned to inspect restaurants every six months or so, to ensure local safety regulations are being followed. Secondly, proper sanitation helps prevent food poisoning outbreaks. Most of the food-related illnesses that are caused by eating out are the result of unsanitary food handling practices. Having just one case of food poisoning linked to your restaurant is enough to destroy your business, so training employees to follow safe food handling practices is a necessity. Aside from keeping patrons healthy, sanitation also helps maintain food ‘health’ or quality. Even if customers don’t get sick, storing, preparing or serving food in unsanitary conditions will adversely affect the food quality and taste. Once quality starts to slip, patrons choosing other establishments aren’t far behind.At Sandwich Baron, working in a sanitary environment is crucial in our service delivery. Here are a few tips to ensure food, as well as working spaces, remain sanitary and hygienic at all times:• Sick employees should not be allowed to be on duty and need to be sent home to recover. Sick employees can contaminate the food and there is also the risk of infecting fellow employees.• Always use colour coded cutting boards when preparing different types of food i.e. red for meat, green for vegetables and white for bread, so that cross contamination does not occur.• Soak cutting boards and knives in a disinfectant overnight.• Ensure ingredients that spoil easily are not left outside the fridge for too long• Ensure your restaurant or store has a pest control programme in place. A simple pest control contract with a reputable operator is encouraged.• Any staff member with an injury that can cause food contamination needs to be removed from the workstation and either be sent home or given a non- food handling job to perform.• The store manager/owner should have a comprehensive check list that covers all the food safety aspects. These checks are performed before opening and then again at closing.In the end, sanitation protects your business. No restaurant or store wants to be known as “the grease pit” or any other unflattering moniker. Keeping things clean and sanitary will gain the trust of patrons, so much so that they won’t have any concern over the standards of your food preparation area. More in Diet and nutrition Hong Kong: more cocaine in Red Bull More: Diet and nutritionFood safety advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors How to still have a good life with diabetes Eye-Q: R50 off! Lose weight Otrivin Menthol relieves sinus congestion Live healthier Love coffee? Your heart may too » What to eat for white teeth Bad foods for teeth-whitening Do any of these drinks cause your teeth to hurt? Savour your coffee – with a bright smile Here's how to stop coffee from staining your teeth while enjoying all its health benefits. Get your groove back! » Get your move on! Morning run? 5 exercises to start your summer fitness regime 6 easy ways to make your workout fun again Some inspiration to make sure your workout routine don't become tedious.