Food Safety & Sanitation

Food Safety and Kitchen Sanitation Guidelines for Restaurants

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Providing food, water and shelter in abundance, the kitchen is a prime target for pests. That’s why the Orkin Man® is trained and ready to stand the heat.

But unfortunately, unless he’s paying rent, the Orkin Man isn’t on-site at your restaurant 24-7. In between service visits, there are a number of things you can do to help prevent pest activity and ensure safe food operations. By implementing the food safety and sanitation guidelines below, you’ll learn what you can do now to keep pests from settling in later.

Keep it Clean to Keep it Clear:

Clean up any spills and food debris immediately in the dining room, kitchen and patio, as pests can detect the odors of food sources within minutes. Likewise, set a schedule to sweep, mop and vacuum floors regularly – consider using a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter to remove dust and debris from small cracks and crevices. Thoroughly clean appliances, checking the areas underneath where grease, condensation and food debris can collect. Clean drains with an organic cleaner to remove grease and grime buildup, which flies can use as a breeding ground.

Use a Proper Set-Up for Proper Clean-Up:

Large kitchen equipment can make it difficult to clean hard-to-reach areas. Be sure to allow 30 inches between the equipment and the wall, and allow at least 18 inches between each piece of equipment. This will allow for sufficient cleaning behind and in between pieces of equipment.

Inspect Incoming Shipments:

To keep pests out, don’t let them in. Inspect incoming shipments for any signs of pest activity such as chew marks, holes in packages, live or dead insects and damaged product.

Protect Your Inventory:

Once supplies are unloaded, be sure to store items on shelves off the floor, at least 18 inches from the wall. Also, use products in the order in which they were received — first in, first out (FIFO) – since products are more likely to develop an infestation the longer they sit in inventory. Don’t forget to inspect storage areas and check your inventory for damaged or destroyed product on an ongoing basis.

Keep Your Trash from Being Their Treasure:

Line trash cans with trash bags, and make sure lids close tightly on all garbage bins. But don’t stop there – food waste in the garbage can still attract pests. Remove trash frequently so garbage doesn’t build up and produce odors that appeal to pests. Upon removal, take the trash to a lidded dumpster instead of leaving it sitting near your building. Sanitize dumpsters and ask your waste management company to develop a rotation schedule for the dumpsters. Monitor the area underneath the dumpster for any leakage that may collect and attract pests.

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