Food poisoning. It’s a restaurant manager’s worst fear to have their restaurant cause a customer to get sick, but unfortunately, it happens more often than you might think. From improperly storing food, to cross-contamination, to incorrectly following hygiene practices, there are a lot of ways it can happen. In fact, it’s believed that at least half of foodborne illnesses in Canada are picked up in restaurants.

Common types of illness-causing bacteria include E. coli, salmonella and norovirus. Picking up any of these bacteria would likely cause even the most loyal customer to look for a new favourite restaurant. Not to mention the likelihood of turning off potential customers because of unsavoury online reviews.

To prevent that from happening, here are key ways restaurants can minimize the spread of bacteria and significantly reduce the risk of causing illness.

  1. Implement a Personal Hygiene Program
    Making hygiene a priority at your restaurant is crucial to help prevent germs from spreading from the kitchen to customers. This should include training employees on proper hand washing, glove use and using hair restraints. Restaurants should also have policies in place requiring food handlers to stay home from work if they’re sick.
  2. Properly Clean and Sanitize Work Stations
    Food-contact surfaces in the kitchen need to be properly cleaned and sanitized after each task. It’s important to choose a product that will effectively kill bacteria, without leaving a harmful residue for food prep.
  3. Reduce the Risk of Cross-Contamination
    Using a contaminated cleaning cloth on multiple surfaces is a surefire way to spread bacteria. Kitchen staff should use dedicated cloths for tasks, and use a folding technique to prevent the same contaminated part of the cloth from being used on multiple surfaces. Kitchen staff can also reduce the risk of cross-contamination by using separate food prep equipment for different types of food prep.

Restaurant kitchens are busy places, which means the techniques used to kill germs and bacteria on surfaces need to work quickly and effectively. The PURELL® Professional Multi-Surface Sanitizer and Disinfectant Spray kills 36 types of germs in 30 seconds. There’s no rinsing required, making it perfect for food-contact surfaces.

See how you can minimize the spread of bacteria and maximize the efficiency of your cleaning program with the PURELL® Professional Multi-Surface Sanitizer and Disinfectant Spray.