Food safety and hygiene in child care centresMarch 14th, 2018
Food safety and hygiene in child care centres is extremely important. Both parents and child care providers know how quickly illness can spread among children in a centre.
Workers can unintentionally contaminate food they have prepared if they have recently been sick and contaminated food can be brought into the kitchen from elsewhere and cause an outburst of sickness.
At Hearty Health, we use the freshest ingredients sourced every day and make delicious meals for children in child care. If produce is not deemed fresh or safe enough to serve by our chefs, then replacement items are always substituted regardless of the menu listing.
Seasonal factors and contamination
Food safety and hygiene in child care centres is important all year round. Food contaminated with a virus or bacteria can cause sickness that will spread rapidly among children. Some of the most common ways that viruses and bacteria spread between children are with shared toys, mats, toilet facilities and food. Close contact such as hugging and kissing will also spread the virus or bacteria.
Mostly all viruses, bacteria, parasites and moulds can contaminate both cooked and raw foods. However, good food safety and hygiene in child care centres is the best prevention of diseases and illness.
Quick tips on how to maintain food safety and hygiene in child care centres
Always make sure that food is fresh. A good rule of thumb is to throw the food out if it is more than three days old or if it smells or looks bad. Unfortunately, most food borne illnesses do not change the smell or taste of your food. So if in doubt, throw it out!
- Food safety should be practiced with everyone, not just the cook or food handlers in your centre
- Wash all raw vegetables and fruits before using
- Use only wholesome and clean food from reliable sources
- Always sanitise and scrub all cutting boards and knifes after they come in contact with cooked or raw meat, poultry or fish
- Avoid cross-contamination during storage, preparation and service
- Put uneaten food into a new shallow container and refrigerate according to food safety standards
At Hearty Health, we take a lot of the worry and stress out of food safety and hygiene in child care centres. We work with centre staff to ensure the required food handling processes are in place. We also encourage good hygiene practices to ensure children and centre staff remain healthy and happy.
For more information on having your children’s meals freshly catered for by professional chefs contact Hearty Health here.
P: 1300 728 762
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