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Raw vegetables carry a high-risk in a food production kitchen and thus should be treated in a manner that recognises these risks. The best method in addressing the prevention of concerns is to start from the process of receiving delivered fruits and vegetables in the kitchen.

Upon delivery, one should ensure that all raw fruits and vegetables are of the quality that is required, removed from their packaging (this is often in the form of cardboard boxes).

The next step then is to wash and sanitise these products to ensure longevity and the prevention of contamination from outside sources.s

How to Sanitise Fruits & Vegetables:

  1. Pre-rinse fruits & vegetables before taking the next step in the sanitising process.
  2. Fruits & Vegetables should be soaked (much like the cutting boards) for a minimum of 3 to 5 minutes in a food-safe sanitiser (speak to your chemical supplier).
  3. Rinsed in clean water and placed in a clean, sanitised container within a refrigeration unit that is no warmer than 7.0⁰C.
  4. Food group segregation should apply as required, and remember that any prepared product (ie. Sliced vegetables and fruits) should be covered and date coded.

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Foods That Can Cause Food Poisoning

Some foods are more associated with food poisoning than others. These foods can carry harmful bacteria that can make you very sick if the food is contaminated.

  • Raw foods of animal origin are the most likely to be contaminated, specifically raw or undercooked meat and poultry, raw or lightly cooked eggs, unpasteurized (raw) milk, and raw shellfish.
  • Fruits and vegetables also may get contaminated.
  • While certain foods are more likely to make you sick, any food can get contaminated in the field, during processing, or during other stages in the food production chain, including through cross-contamination with raw meat in kitchens.

Food Consulting Services is a private South African-owned Food Testing Laboratory and Food Safety Consultancy, that tests water and food to ensure compliance with South African National Standards. We also perform hygiene survey audits to the hospitality and food manufacturing industry. If you’d like to learn more about Food Consulting Services, visit our website or feel free to enquire with us. We look forward to hearing from you and becoming your food safety partners. Get in touch with us for more information.

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