Health authorities help operators prepare and serve safe food. These agencies take their guidance from the FDA's written Model Food Code which sets out minimum standards in a 642 page tome.
Every successive edition of the Code becomes more prescriptive, leaving less choice available for the operator. This dangerously dilute's the operator's commitment to the standards of safe food as he realizes he's not fully in charge of food safety. He interprets regulatory's reduction of choice as a shift in responsibility. Health authorities take over by virtue of them no longer allowing the operator to choose the method of compliance that works best for them - even when the solution is superior to the Code's "prescription".
After the closing of another world class restaurant due to a norovirus outbreak, a piece of world class food safety advice was passed along by London's health inspectors as reported in The Guardian newspaper: “Environmental health officers have told staff at the two Michelin star restaurant to wash their hands more often, an embarrassing order for those preparing evening starters beginning at £12 and main courses ranging up to £42.”
[Notes for those interested in enhancing the Model Food Code via the Conference For Food Protection (CFP) process.]
Unintended consequences are many as the FDA's Model Food Code strives to further protect public health. The operators have prime accountability for serving safe food and the more than 30,000 health inspectors look to help them. Both have the same goal. It can be a team effort and often is. But there is tension baked into their respective DNAs. The power to close a restaurant is intimidating and discourages frank dialog.
Customers are increasingly seeing restroom cleanliness as an indicator of the organization's culture and the reflection of their true customer care. It is proving to be one of the best spaces to invest in customer loyalty.
Not everyone treats kitchen cleanliness as a cost. Some leading chefs consider it the foundation of their culture of cleanliness where creativity, quality and efficiency generate the prime revenue of returning customers. High standards translate to the staff's professional pride and unquestioned compliance with accountabilities.
This portable no-water "handsink" has added an important gloving feature. This unit can now be located exactly where it is most needed and most likely used. There is no need to delay changing a contaminated or torn pair of gloves. There is no need to leave the work station unguarded while taking a hike to the nearest restroom or kitchen.
Once a public health driven need is identified, local resources seek solutions, often with supplier partners. Concept prototypes and programs are developed. Costly research is often involved and manufacturers seek patent protection to make this investment worthwhile. This factor looms large as some links in the chain of innovation confuse basic capitalism with greed, slowing the implementation of new ideas.
Waste in terms of lost donning time and "multi-pull" losses are answered with a new generation of single-use gloves. FoodHandler Category Manager, Cory Sexson, outlines benefits:
Might the norovirus have entered the catered event via an ill worker, perhaps symptom-free? Or a guest? Or from contact with a high-touch surface contaminated the week before?
Thanksgiving, the eater's favorite holiday. Ours always starts on Wednesday with a little pre-prep and gathering last minute supplies.
Handwashing For Life® overcomes underwashing of hands and high-touch surfaces by integrating a series of best practices. At the Food Safety Consortium, being staged at the Schaumburg Conference Center, on December 4th & 5th, attendees will learn how to assess their hand hygiene related risks and assemble a sustainable solution. The program is a driver to establish a culture of cleanliness, one handwash at a time.
Away-from-home food serving sites without water are growing in number as the public is so mobile and busy. They seek to snack or dine along their daily path, challenging mobile and catered foodservice operators. SaniTwice is an answer for those operators who seek good hand hygiene away from their brick and mortar operations.
Here is the process for you to follow in situations without running water.. Apply an excess of hand sanitizer, scrubbing hands as follows:
Friction is a friend of effective handwashing. The new Handwashing For Life Core Handwash focuses on a professional technique as an option to the "sing happy birthday twice" directive.
Here is the process for you to follow when running water is available. Wet hands as a pre-rinse. Apply soap, scrubbing hands for 10-30 seconds according to soil load and cleanliness standards:
Norovirus is not thought of as being a killer nor is it considered long-lived on surfaces. Both are wrong and risky.
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