By: John Goetz, Global Product Manager, Hydro Systems
June 7 is World Food Safety Day, a global call to recognize that food safety is a shared responsibility. Globally, 600 million people will contract a foodborne illness every year. The United Nations estimates that 3 million of those infected will die from their illness.
Safe food is often taken for granted, but the reality is that it takes dedicated efforts from stakeholders at every stage of the process to ensure that food is safe to eat. Investing in food safety measures like chemical dispensers is a key method for preventing illness and lost revenue.
Safe companies create safe food
Unsafe food endangers consumers, workers and businesses. Outbreaks of foodborne illness can cost an establishment up to $2 million in lost profits, fines and lawsuits. In 2015, an E. Coli outbreak across numerous Chipotle locations caused 55 customers to fall ill and a nearly 30% drop in sales.
At a time when many restaurants are struggling to survive due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that these businesses prevent costly food safety incidents.
E. Coli and salmonella are some of the more well-known foodborne illness, but there are over 250 different types of foodborne illness that can contaminate food when food suppliers and foodservice operators don’t follow proper cleaning and safety procedure. Without safety measures in place, lapses in food safety can result in the following consequences:
To avoid the dangers that accompany unsafe food, make sure that your business complies with all food safety regulations, which are covered in part by the 2017 Food and Drug Administration Food Code, but will vary by state. It’s also important to foster a culture that prioritizes food safety by taking precautions like posting safety reminders in break rooms and kitchens and having food quality standards in place for the suppliers with which you do business.
Dispensers make food safety easy
Chemical dispensers help facilitate cleanliness and make it easier to follow recommended food safety best practices. They take the guesswork out of manually mixing cleaning solutions, which must be diluted to precise concentrations to effectively remove germs from kitchen and dining surfaces, and dishware. Chemical dispensers can help elevate your food safety practices in the following ways:
Safer food, a safer future
Everyone should have access to safe food, and foodservice workers should feel confident that they are maintaining food safety standards. World Food Safety Day serves as a reminder for food safety best practices. Consider investing in a chemical dispenser to help remove foodborne illness-causing germs from your establishment. These systems help keep patrons healthy by making sure chemicals are properly dispensed to clean dishes, grease traps and all surfaces properly.
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