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A Simple Introduction of Food Safety in the Home – Food safety tips 2015

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Food safety refers to the conditions and practices that preserve the quality of food to prevent contamination and food borne illnesses it also referred to as food sanitation and hygiene.  In Australia, all food establishments are required to implement food safety at home systems.  One person in each food business is required to undergo basic food safety training.  The basic safety training consists of:

  • Inhibiting the growth of bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
  • Problems with product packaging such as leaks in packs, damage to packaging and diseases spread by pests.
  • Food handling – these includes re-packing, food storage, packaging, cleaning, sanitizing and delivery
  • Personal hygiene
  • Serving customers who are at risk of allergies
  • Sanitation and proper storage

Food Poisoning Prevention

Food poisoning is a serious matter.  It can cause serious health problems and sometimes death.  Food poisoning is caused by poor handling of food making it susceptible to bacteria.  Particular groups of people are at more risk in food poisoning.  It is paramount to prevent food poisoning.  Here are a few general guidelines to do so:

  • Foods that came from animals such as meat, dairy products and eggs are cooked thoroughly or pasteurized. Check the temperature of the food using a thermometer
  • Never eat spoiled eggs or meats. Be sure to verify the expiration date of meat and eggs before purchasing them
  • Transport food items correctly
  • Better buy fresh products and ensure its quality
  • Wash your hands, knives and chopping boards thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial soap
  • Wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly
  • Ready to eat foods should be cooked until the recommended temperatures are achieved

Getting Help for Food Poisoning

If you or someone you know feel bad after consuming a particular food, it is better to see a doctor right away since they know the proper medication and report the incident to your local health authority so that they can investigate the situation.

Four Safety Tips for Home Food Safety

  1. Wash – The simplest way of avoiding bacteria in your kitchen and onto your food is by washing your hands and washing your cutting boards, utensils and dishes thoroughly.
  2. Separate – Separate the ready to eat foods from raw meat, poultry and seafoods because bacteria can spread through cross contamination.
  3. Cook – Food is safely cooked when it reaches an adequate internal temperature that kills the harmful bacteria that may cause food poisoning. Don’t rely on colour, texture and taste when cooking.  The most reliable way to check if the food is cooked is by using a thermometer.
  4. Refrigerate – Cooling foods slows the growth of illness causing bacteria and keep them out of the temperature danger zone. Perishable foods left unrefrigerated for 2 hours can cause food poisoning.  Refrigerate promptly and correctly.

At the end of the day common sense plays a significant role when it comes to food safety.  The well being of your goodself and the people around you is literally in your hands.

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Catering Business

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From the beginning of civilized society people have felt the need to provide delicious food at various events, at mass gathering, either small or big. Catering is the business of providing specific on demand food at the different kind of public, private or corporate events. Catering business can be at a single venue with a fixed menu, or as per the custom requirement of the clients. Over time, it has developed into specific art that requires experienced and trained staff along with all other necessary professional equipments.

To get recognition the caterer should be passionate about cooking, trained to provide professional service and equally hard working. While looking for catering Melbourne services clients today seek a professional caterer with a positive background and reviews.

For successful catering business, a lot of planning and understanding are required especially in regard to the theme of the event – private or corporate. A lot of details are involved, and it is all about organizing it all in a professional and presentable manner – delightful dishes with appetizing aromas; theme based serene environment, beautifully decorated lawns, friendly waiters and hygiene conditions; all contribute to the quality of catering services.

A professional caterer should rent a small commercial kitchen, organize menu as per the client’s need, and obtain all necessary approvals and licenses. Maintaining proper kitchen hygiene and how the dishes are organized will help in promoting your catering business to new heights. Many vegetarian customers are turned off on seeing vegetarian and non-vegetarian food cooked in the same kitchen, so a catering provider should have all such small details in his mind all the time.

For a new catering business and to promote the existing one, proper advertisement is important that includes complete address, contact information, attractive professional catalogue of food, venue, events, and previously organized events and parties…

Catering is not just all about nice looking and delicious finger food catering , apart from providing good and hygienic food; the caterer must be innovative in its approach to stand out, as the competition is stiff in this lucrative business. New dishes need to be experimented regularly, and it pays back when additional complimentary services are offered to the clients.

It is highly recommended for a caterer to travel to different places and events, and to explore new things about catering services that can be offered to their clients.

For a single venue, the theme should be regularly changed and offering innovative dishes will result in increased business and sales. If the food and services offered are really good, your clients will do a lot of marketing by recommending your series to others. Word of mouth recommendations are the most important for such businesses to be successful.

The reputation a business carries determines its success. In catering business, the working hours may vary as per the needs of the customer. The caterer as a manager must be able to motivate his employees to give their best even in hard times.

As a caterer, you will be dealing with variety of clients like guests to wedding, business executives attending meetings, private home party attendees, kids, or even people of some specific ethnic or religious group. Therefore, you have to be diplomatic, polite, and have qualities of a good salesman to promote your business. You should be able to understand your customer requirements and fulfill them to their utmost satisfaction. Proper planning and preparation will surely result in successful execution of services for all kinds of events.

For successful catering business, the caterer must be able to provide quality food to customers at an affordable price. Catering business is a part of hospitality industry and involves everything just like other businesses – customer service, leadership, motivating staff, financial planning, creativity and marketing will play a key role in your success.

Catering business involves lots of patience and hard work, but it pays back well when it brings joy to the clients and guests. With good service and reputation, you will have new friends, clients and lifelong memories.

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