Ice Contamination

It’s easy to overlook the risks associated with ice machines, since we don’t tend to think of ice as food. The FDA, however, does define ice as food. Contaminated ice can cause foodborne illnesses just as easily as contaminated food. Contaminants can be introduced by airborne particles, contaminated water supply, dirty utensils, and especially improper [...]

Cleaning Frequency of Soft Serve and Shake Machines

The food industry is heavily regulated and at times very complex.  The 2017 FDA Food Code requires DAILY cleaning of Soft Serve and Shake Machines.  Users should follow the steps in the owner’s manual to disassemble and reassemble intricate parts ensuring the machine is cleaned thouroughly. So, how is this FDA regulation enforced? Well, the [...]

By | February 20th, 2018|Restaurant Industry|2 Comments

Part ll: Contamination Prone Food Service Equipment- Cutting Boards

Studies have reported up to 80% of all grocery store chickens in the US are contaminated with Salmonella, Campylobacter or both. Plastic cutting boards should be replaced often due to wear-and-tear creating a difficult surface to remove pathogens from. Kitchens should have a minimum of 2 cutting boards; 1 for vegetables/fruit and 1 for raw [...]

By | February 13th, 2018|Food Safety, Restaurant Industry|0 Comments