Food Safety & Sanitation

Food Safety & Sanitation

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Food Safety & Sanitation2020-07-17T16:13:59+00:00

Minimize Risk, Improve Quality of Life

Food safety & Sanitation

Since the transition to homelike environments in nursing homes and other LTC facilities, more staff members are involved in meal preparation and distribution and that leads to more opportunities for food mishandling and cross contamination. Good food safety practices are vital in long term care facilities, as seniors are at an increased risk for hospitalization and death from foodborne illnesses.

Factors that can contribute to foodborne illness in long term care include poor personal hygiene, inadequate cooking and improper holding temps, contaminated equipment, and unsafe food sources.

Minimize Risk, Improve Quality of Life

Food safety & Sanitation

Since the transition to homelike environments in nursing homes and other LTC facilities, more staff members are involved in meal preparation and distribution and that leads to more opportunities for food mishandling and cross contamination. Good food safety practices are vital in long term care facilities, as seniors are at an increased risk for hospitalization and death from foodborne illnesses.

Factors that can contribute to foodborne illness in long term care include poor personal hygiene, inadequate cooking and improper holding temps, contaminated equipment, and unsafe food sources.

With proper staff training, diligence, and frequent oversight by an NCS dietitian, food safety in long term care can be easily obtainable. Regular sanitation audits conducted by our dietitian can help facilities meet regulatory requirements and serve food safely.

Areas in the kitchen to be reviewed include:

  • Food and dish machine temperature logs
  • Making sure foods are covered, labeled and dated
  • All equipment is clean and sanitized
  • Hand washing and infection control procedures in place
  • Proper storage, food preparation, service, delivery
  • Proper thawing and cooling
  • Safe food handling and proper cleaning and sanitizing by the dish machine

If the NCS dietitian finds any areas needing attention, these can be addressed and corrected promptly by staff. When the risk to seniors can be minimized and the likelihood of an outbreak reduced, not only does quality of life for seniors improve, but the cost of care resulting from a foodborne illness can be reduced or never be incurred.

With proper staff training, diligence, and frequent oversight by an NCS dietitian, food safety in long term care can be easily obtainable. Regular sanitation audits conducted by our dietitian can help facilities meet regulatory requirements and serve food safely.

Areas in the kitchen to be reviewed include:

  • Food and dish machine temperature logs
  • Making sure foods are covered, labeled and dated
  • All equipment is clean and sanitized
  • Hand washing and infection control procedures in place
  • Proper storage, food preparation, service, delivery
  • Proper thawing and cooling
  • Safe food handling and proper cleaning and sanitizing by the dish machine

If the NCS dietitian finds any areas needing attention, these can be addressed and corrected promptly by staff. When the risk to seniors can be minimized and the likelihood of an outbreak reduced, not only does quality of life for seniors improve, but the cost of care resulting from a foodborne illness can be reduced or never be incurred.

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