All-you-can-eat buffets have become all the rage throughout the UK, as passers-by are enticed by menus of apparently limitless food. But customers should always enter these establishments with a degree of caution. Before tucking into that conveyor belt of treats, you should be aware of the potential for food poisoning from an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Outbreaks of gastric poisoning can often be traced to unhygienic kitchen conditions. In a dining environment where a lot of different types of food are being prepared for a fast turnover, there can be issues relating to health standards.
The preparation and storage of food is subject to strict official safety regulations. There are many areas that can be problematic. For instance, raw meat should never be stored above cooked foods, because juices can leak from the uncooked products onto the shelf below, spreading contamination.
All foodstuffs should be stored at an appropriate temperature, especially if refrigeration is required. A common problem in all-you-can-eat buffets is the fact that a diverse range of menu items is sometimes presented in opened compartments to allow easy access. Unfortunately this also harbours bacteria.
What issues can arise from infection?
There are several factors that can lead to food poisoning from an all-you-can-eat buffet. Where kitchen staff are working under extreme pressure, then may be a tendency to cut corners when it comes to acceptable standards. When workers returning from toilet breaks do not wash thoroughly, germs can be spread directly into the food chain.
There are other scenarios that will put customers at high risk, such as evidence of vermin in food storage areas. Although menu items such as chicken are traditionally viewed as being most at risk, salad and rice are more likely to harbour bacteria.
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Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen