Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne illness. The occurrence of two or more cases of a similar illnesses resulting from the ingestion of a common food is known as a food-borne disease outbreak.
The food vendors in your community, like restaurants, delis, grocery stores, and others, must follow local food safety rules. These rules are set by your city, county, district, or state. Each community may have the same or slightly different food safety rules and requirements for food vendors. All food safety rules have similar requirements .
Safe source: Food or food ingredients come from a safe source.
Safe temperature: Food is held at the correct cold or hot holding temperatures. Proper cooking: Food is cooked properly, especially foods such as meat, poultry, and pork.
Proper handling: Food is handled to prevent cross-contamination from the environment (for example, common work areas or common utensils).
Proper hand washing: Food handlers know how to prevent contamination, especially food handlers who may be sick with vomiting or diarrhea.
One of the ways food safety rules protect the public’s health is through food vendor inspections. Each community’s rules may differ on How often food vendor inspections are conducted. The type of inspection form used. The type of grading or scoring system used to rate the safety of food vendors.
Why is food safety important in a restaurant?
It’s important for all restaurant owners, workers, and managers to understand the causes and repercussions of foodborne illnesses. Restaurant sanitation is key when it comes to keeping your food safe and your guests healthy.
How can we learn?
Take a highly informative food safety course with Westchester Food Safety. We offer Servsafe certification and food safety sessions. We will personally come to your food establishment and train your staff on the most effective food safety trends. We will help keep the Health department happy and as a result your business will thrive. Safe food means happy customers. Food Safety is everyone’s business make it yours.
Westchester Food Safety offers a variety of services in both Fairfield Connecticut and Westchester New York.