The below instructions describe good food handling procedures which should be followed when preparing food at the EWSA premises.
- The ‘Kitchen Handbook’ and ‘Cleaning Schedule’ should be filled in before and after each food preparation period, these documents are kept in the EWSA Bar Area.
- Training in in basic food preparation and hygiene should have been undertaken by anyone regularly preparing food at the EWSA premises, or have the intention to undertake the relevant training.
- Cleaning should be undertaken before, during and after food preparation to reduce the risks of contamination.
- A member of staff should be made responsible for checking that cleaning is being done properly. Cleaning record sheets can help them record what they observe.
- Cold food must be kept at 8°C or below.
- This is a legal requirement in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and recommended in Scotland. In Scotland, food must be kept in a fridge or cool ventilated place.
- Keep the coldest part of your fridge at 0-5°C – Use a fridge thermometer
- Put away chilled and frozen food in your fridge or freezer as soon as you can
- Hot food must be kept at 63°C or above.
- This is a legal requirement throughout the UK. When you reheat food, make sure that it is steaming hot all the way through.
- Check ‘use-by’ dates – Do not use food after the recommended period
- The EWSA Kitchen should have no storage of fresh food (meat, fish, vegetables etc) longer than a 24h period. Anything unlabelled and over this time period will be thrown out.
- The EWSA Kitchen may have some long life products in storage (cans, tea, long life milk etc) but these should be labelled for the appropriate club/member and all be within date. Anything out of data or unlabelled will be thrown out
- If the EWSA Freezer is being utilised it should be monitored at least 3 times per week with a thermometer and the temperature and date/time logged.
- Hazardous and/or inedible substances must be labelled adequately and stored in separate and secure containers.
- Staff must wear clothing that is:
- Tie back long hair
- Wash your hands regularly to avoid contamination: e.g.
- before handling food
- between handling raw and ready to eat foods
- after going to the toilet
- after handling waste
- after eating, drinking or smoking, coughing, sneezing or touching your face
- after taking a break
- after handling chemicals
- after handling money
- Keep food preparation surfaces clean. Clean and sanitise surfaces and equipment thoroughly before you start to prepare food and after they have been used with raw food.
- Prepare and store raw and cooked food separately – Keep raw or uncooked food (especially meat and fish) at the bottom of your fridge in a covered container
- Where possible have separate utensils and equipment, knives and chopping boards for raw and cooked foods, preferably using different colours to make it clear.
- Wipe up food spills immediately.
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