Food Safety Lessons From Chipotle

antipasti-757906_1920By now we have all heard about the food safety issues facing the Chipotle restaurant chain. Getting sick while eating out is actually a very common occurrence, and with Chipotle under the microscope, they may now actually be one of the safest places to eat. According to ( the main issue at Chipotle was linked to E. coli. The most recent CDC report (December 21) counts 53 cases of E. coli 026 from 9 states, with 20 hospitalizations.

If you operate a restaurant, food truck, or even offer food to your employees, you have a responsibility to maintain cleanliness and food safety standards in your kitchen. This seems to be a good time to offer up a number of food safety tips for every employer. Your business insurance may cover food borne illness, but it is always a good idea to check with our office. If you own a restaurant or other hospitality operation, make sure your business insurance includes coverage for illness to customers.

Food Safety Tips

  • Keep the kitchen clean.
  • Require all employees to wash hands before working in the kitchen.
  • Require employees to wash hands after using the restroom.
  • Make sure all food workers are properly trained.
  • Wash all produce.
  • Keep meats separated from other food.
  • Cook all foods at appropriate temperatures.
  • Toss out old food every Friday from the office kitchen.
  • State and county health departments are the direct enforcers of local, state, and federal health regulations. When operating a commercial kitchen, it is important to know the local health codes to avoid fines and prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.
  • If you are having an office party, you may want to consider purchasing foods.
  • Proper cleaning and sanitizing of all food contact surfaces and utensils will reduce germs.
  • Clean all food equipment daily.
  • Never let food sit out for long periods of time.



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