Commercial Hygiene & Pest Management
Needless to say that I was appalled by what I had seen in this tiny take away shop.
There was no commercial hygiene & pest management implemented at all in these premises.
You see being in the office I never really thought of the hygiene aspect that goes hand in hand with pest control.
So you can imagine when I was at this take away shop I was a taken back from what I saw.
It is very important that if you own a take away shop that you keep it in a clean manner not only to avoid pest from claiming your shop theirs but from potentially poisoning if not killing your future customers.
I must stress that it is important to have an appropriate pest & hygiene management plan in action.
Try having a checklist of what needs to be done before you walk out that door to go home.
• Clean all cooking equipment so no left up grease is left behind.
• Wipe down all benches and counters with a cleaning agent.
• Do not leave any food scraps or food out of their containers.
• Put food away especially food that needs to be in the fridge or freezer.
• Sweep and mop all flooring with a cleaning agent.
• Take the rubbish out each night.
Pest carry diseases such as salmonella, listeria, bacteria and other forms of viruses which can either make your customers very sick with food poisoning or potentially kill them. Pest will run and walk over food preparation areas, food, utensils, pots and pans.
In Australia there have been many reports over the last food months of food poisoning as some business owners have little to no knowledge of food hygiene.
Councils are now trying to work with owners and staff who run and operate services in the food industry.
However councils are also fining and shutting down those who do not comply with the rules and regulations of the food act 2003.
Once the council has given you a warning and you still do not comply with the order you will be given a fine and place on the Food Authority website in their name and shame section for any members of the public to view which could lead to customers no longer wanting to come to your commercial premises therefore could potentially send you out of business.