Running a perishable food business involves a lot of logistical planning. You have to focus on producing quality products, adhere to food safety regulations, and ensure that the food arrives at its destination in a fresh and safe-to-consume condition. Most importantly, however, you need to make sure everyone handling perishable food knows how to do so properly throughout the process.
Here are four excellent tips for handling perishable food:
Use the best quality food
First, you need to make sure you’re purchasing quality food and ingredients. In order to avoid the risk of contamination, make sure you’re not buying torn packets, damaged cans, or products that have been compromised in any way. Make sure you’re always inspecting the label prior to buying and are shopping with a reputable supplier.
Follow storage instructions
Keep all food covered to protect it from dust, insects, germs, and more. Never re-use aluminum or plastic wrap — always use a clean cover. You should never keep food outdoors if it’s too hot outside. If the outdoor temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, perishable foods should not be left outside for more than one hour. Additionally, keep raw foods separated from cooked food, and always wrap and store cooked products inside the refrigerator above raw meats.
Keep the kitchen and food manufacturing area clean
When handling perishable food, wash all your cutting boards, countertops, pots, and utensils regularly in hot water with soap. Especially after any part of your kitchen comes in contact with raw poultry, seafood, or meats. It’s also recommended to thoroughly clean the inside of your refrigerator and freezer every few weeks, as well.
Always wash your hands
Before handling perishable food, you or anyone involved in your organization should be sure to wash their hands and forearms with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Wash fruits and vegetables in running water, as well. However, don’t use soap or other detergents to wash produce — a small scrub brush and water is a much better option.
Once you have taken care to properly handle your perishable food, you will want to ensure that it arrives at its destination while still safe to consume. Give Harvest Food Solutions a call today to find out how their logistical solutions can help you accomplish that.