Food hygiene is always very important, but when you work in a professional kitchen it becomes even more vital to ensure everything goes according to plan. If you didn’t practise good kitchen food hygiene at home, it may only be you that falls ill. However, if you are serving people in a kitchen attached to a takeaway or restaurant, you could end up making a lot of people ill.
You may already know how this might happen if you have been affected by food poisoning after eating at a restaurant or from a takeaway. While such instances are uncommon, they can potentially occur if good kitchen food hygiene methods are not always followed.
Keeping surfaces clean
Cleanliness is probably the most important thing to practise in any kitchen. Raw food should be kept well away from cooked food, and surfaces should be regularly cleaned to ensure nothing contaminates them.
Foodstuffs must also be kept at the proper temperature. If anything is to be defrosted, it must be defrosted in a cool place, rather than being left out on the side, especially in direct sunlight. Food safety is very detailed in indicating what must be done at all times, but really, most of the rules are common sense.
Proper training in food safety should be provided to all employees
Food safety lessons must be given to all those who deal with food as part of their work. A big part of managing, cooking and storing food safely so it does not become contaminated is in understanding how to follow basic food safety rules. None of these are very complex, but it does not make training any less important.
No one likes to suffer from food poisoning. However, you may have suffered this unpleasant experience within the last three years. If you have, and you are relatively certain it was caused by eating contaminated food prepared by someone at a restaurant or other food outlet, you might be able to claim compensation for your illness. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are experienced in dealing with such cases. Make sure you have the opportunity to see whether such a claim – made on a no win, no fee basis – could be possible for you. Call us on 0800 689 0500, and we will see whether one of our professional injury compensation lawyers could help you with your situation.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead