If you are a food entrepreneur, then you know just how important food health and safety are in keeping your food business. It is not enough to produce a high quality or a highly marketable product in order to be successful—you have to make sure that your customers are ingesting food that is healthy, well-prepared, and safe for human consumption.
Safety talks on health and sanitation are important and mandatory, especially if you are in the food industry. It would save you a lot of time and money to invest on such discussions to educate your staff, employees or even your partners in the food business. Some key topics that are necessary in food forums include proper food selection, food storage, sanitation and equipment.
Food selection: choosing wisely
Being in the food business requires you to know how to properly select the raw ingredients you will use in your product. A lot of businesses these days prioritize finances over food health and safety. However, as a food entrepreneur, you should know that investing in quality materials will earn you more revenue than choosing cheap materials that will produce a sub-standard product.
Remember, it is more costly to recall products that have already been manufactured and distributed rather than spend just once to create high-quality merchandise. Choosing and properly inspecting the ingredients and materials you will use will also prevent you from encountering potential problems such as getting complaints from customers, product returns, food poisoning, etc. To avoid such issues, it is crucial that you instruct your staff, employees, or partners to ensure the quality of the ingredients and materials that are used in the workplace.
Storage and preservation
Choosing quality ingredients and materials is not enough to prevent possible drawbacks in your food business. You may have chosen the best ingredients but if your people do not know how to store them properly, then your careful selection will be all in vain. In food safety talks, it is important that you discuss with your staff or employees the proper way to store, preserve, and prolong (the shelf life of) your products and raw ingredients. This will save you the money from buying a new set of ingredients to replace the contaminated ones or from completely redoing a product that was made with spoiled ingredients.
Sanitation should not be limited to food only; it is also required to keep your workplace, dining area, equipment, and workers clean. Your food safety talks should discuss the importance of keeping all areas sanitized, especially in the kitchen or in places where you handle your food products. You should also stress the importance of personal hygiene to your workers and make sure that they clean up properly before handling food or ingredients. This includes frequent washing of hands, wearing the proper workplace attire, and using the appropriate tools for their intended purposes only.
Equipment and tools
Selection of the appropriate equipment and tools is important in food safety talks, as this will not only ensure the health and safety of your customers but also that of your staff or workers. This should be the priority particularly for businesses that use or require large equipment and machines. Frequent talks, reminders, and trainings on how to correctly operate large equipment and heavy machinery will help keep your workers safe and properly skilled.
These food safety talks can either make or break your food business. It is important that you invest your time and money wisely to accommodate these talks and ensure the overall health and safety of yourself, your staff, and your customers. Remember, prevention is still better than cure, and it is easier to avoid food setbacks rather than fix any damages caused by food mishandling.