1. You Need to Clean Surfaces Before Sanitizing or Disinfecting
The necessary steps are clean, rinse, sanitize. A clean surface, free of organic matter and residue from the cleaning solution is important so the sanitizer can do its job and remove pathogens.
2. Sanitizing and Disinfecting Are Not The Same Things
Sanitizers are shown to reduce the number of bacteria on a surface by 99.99% when tested one time. Disinfectants reduce the number of bacteria by 99.99% of bacteria in several tests.
3. There are Rules About When to Clean and Sanitize
Food-contact surfaces obviously must be cleaned and sanitized after being used, but there are other stipulations. The cleaning and sanitizing process has to be employed before a food handler begins working with a different type of food. For example, if you're working with chicken and beef is up next, you must clean and sanitize in between.
If while handling food, you have an interruption, you should clean and sanitize in case the food with which you were working became contaminated.
Clean and sanitize any surface that has been in constant use every four hours.
4. Routine Cleaning and Sanitizing Procedures Help Maintain Food Safety
Restaurants and other foodservice organizations must employ standard operating procedures or a step-by-step guide when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing. This makes the procedure very routine and this routine helps to maintain food safety.
5. Sanitizers Must Be EPA Registered
The Environmental Protection Agency must approve all sanitizer ingredients. The sanitizer manufacturer must also have data to support the claims they make regarding how well they work. They have to meet specific performance standards and be approved to be used on food contact surfaces.
6. There Are Two Purposes to Cleaning and Sanitizing
By removing bacteria and various other microorganisms, you are keeping food from getting contaminated during its preparation and you are reducing the chance of transmitting disease to the person eating the food.
Cleaning Food Contact Surfaces
Keeping your food contact surfaces clean and disinfected has to be a top priority at home and especially when serving food to the public. Using caution when prepping food can and does prevent foodborne illnesses.
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