The fast food industry has become a cornerstone of British society and cuisine. We consume more fast food than ever before. This places workers in the fast food industry under a severe amount of stress to meet demand and, if unmonitored, can lead to a deterioration of standards within the industry. It is vital that fast food workers adhere to proper health and safety, not only to reduce the risk of an accident at work, but also to protect the health and well-being of the public at large. In this article, Accident Advice Helpline publishes a handy guide for fast food workers when handling fresh produce.
- Store fruit and vegetables away from meat, poultry and seafood products. Be particularly careful to store away from chicken and pork.
- Refrigerate all produce that has been purchased pre-cut or peeled.
- Always wash your hands before handling fresh produce. Use a paper towel to turn on the taps and wash hands in warm, soapy water for 20 seconds and rinse thoroughly.
- Discard any rotten produce immediately.
- Wash most produce before using. Note that recent scientific evidence published by the Food Safety Authority states that it is inadvisable to wash chicken before preparation as this can lead to the spread of bacteria.
- Drying produce with a paper towel or soft, clean cloth may further help to prevent the spread of bacteria.
- Even if you plan to peel the vegetable before using, it is still important to wash it first in order to make it safe for consumption.
- Much of pre-cut bagged produce used in the fast food industry has already been pre-washed, for example, bags of shredded lettuce. This produce requires no further washing and instructions should be printed on the packaging. Be aware that this type of produce normally has a shorter shelf-life.
Remember, if you work in fast food and have suffered a work-related injury within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation. In our 14 years as a law firm specialising in all areas of personal injury compensation, we’ve helped many people to claim the compensation they deserve and we could do the same for you. All of our work-accident claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be out of pocket if your claim for compensation is unsuccessful.
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Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice