Are You Really Sanitizing?

Are You Really Sanitizing?

Foodborne illness outbreaks and common Food Code violations indicate that sometimes the answer is “NO.” Just because you use a sanitizer doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re really sanitizing. Are you aware of the common sanitizing pitfalls (and violations)?

Did You Know?

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Of the most common health code violations, poor kitchen sanitation and cross-contamination rank in the top 5.2
over 50 percent
Percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks attributed to dining in a restaurant.1
Poor kitchen sanitation and cross contamination rank in the top 5 most commonly cited foodservice health code violations.1 With more than 50% of foodborne disease outbreaks originating in restaurants2, sanitizing properly is vital to overall food safety. Improper sanitizing of food contact surfaces can lead to foodborne illness outbreaks and Food Code violations, which:
  • Ruin brands’ reputation
  • Cause lost revenue, lawsuits, legal fees, insurance premium increases, inspection costs, and staff retraining
  • Compromise annual profits
  • May cause a foodservice establishment to shut down

Estimated Cost of a Single Foodborne Illness Outbreak3

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Proper sanitizing requires a well-trained and supervised staff to perform the protocols correctly and proper use of a sanitizer product per manufacturer’s instructions. Unfortunately, sometimes inexperienced, undertrained, or overly busy staff may not always be able to follow protocols perfectly, resulting in ineffective sanitization.

Do you have confidence in your sanitizer and your sanitizing protocol?

Here are some of the most common sanitizing pitfalls:
  • Mistaking cleaning for sanitizing, or not cleaning prior to sanitizing
  • Not mixing sanitizing solutions to proper concentrations, or having solutions become out-of-spec during the course of a shift
  • Not cleaning and sanitizing food contact surfaces after every use or as required by the Food Code

Avoid these pitfalls with help from Sani Professional’s Sani ProActive Food Safety Compliance Aids.

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At Sani Professional®, food safety is our passion. Making it simple is our mission. We offer a complete line of quick, easy-to-use sanitizing products designed to reduce cross-contamination risks in fast-paced foodservice environments, back or front of house.

Even the most simple-to-use sanitizing method requires some staff education and training. Look for the Sani ProActive™ logo for food safety compliance aids that help operators be proactive about food safety.