Tip of the Week

Ecoli is a particularly dangerous type of food poisoning as it takes very few bacteria to make you ill.  It can get passed from person to person very easily so good handwashing procedures in the kitchen are essential.

The bacteria is mostly found in raw meat or vegetables contaminated with either infected soil or contaminated water.  Root vegetables, spinach, lettuce and watercress have been known to be infected with Ecoli.

Here are our top 6 rules to avoid cross contamination of E coli and other bacteria

  1. Separate raw and ready to eat food preparation areas OR separate by time
  2. Store ready to eat foods above raw and clean foods above dirty
  3. Clean and sanitise all worktops, handles and touchpoints frequently using blue roll and sanitiser
  4. Use the correct colour chopping boards and cooking utensils (eg. red tongs for handling raw burgers, metal slice for flipping burgers or yellow tongs for cooked meat)
  5. Wash hands with antibacterial hand soap frequently but always after changing tasks
  6. Wash all fruit and vegetables before preparation

 

Alert

Use blue roll instead of cloths to clean during preparation and service time as cloths could potentially cause cross contamination.

Weekly Food Fact

Did you know that mushrooms contain powerful compounds that boost your health and balance your immune system.  They are an anti-inflammatory food and contain a powerful antioxidant called ergothioneine, which means they fight free radical damage.  Chinese medicine has featured mushrooms for centuries.

Do you run your school catering in-house? Download the brochure below for information on keeping your catering team compliant and up to date with the latest legislation

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