Food Safety Education Month
September is National Food Safety Education Month. At Sipipa, one of our top priorities is to make sure we serve safe food to our customers. We never want anyone to get sick from eating our food, so we are very proactive about doing things right. This includes educating our staff about the importance of food safety and practicing safe procedures for cooking, handling and serving food.
Safety Begins in the Kitchen
We work with a variety of vendors, and we only purchase food from reputable suppliers. In our kitchen, chefs and staff always avoid touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands. They are required to wear gloves or use kitchen utensils when handling any ready-to-eat food. Utensils and surfaces that touch raw meat are not used for ready-to-eat foods.
Also, everyone on our staff is very diligent with washing their hands several times throughout their shift. And we encourage all patrons to wash their hands after using the restroom.
We Keep Everything Clean
We work in very clean kitchens. Any surface that touches food is sanitized before it is used. But we also clean the surface if we start working with a different type of food to ensure there is no contamination. We go above and beyond to follow all health and safety protocol to ensure we remain in compliance and keep everyone safe.
Of course, spills are bound to happen, both in the kitchen and where guests dine in the restaurant. But we make sure to clean them up right away following proper procedures to maintain a level of safety for everyone.
Eliminate the Spread of Viruses
We require our staff to stay home if they are sick and report on-the-job health concerns to their manager. If it’s a potentially contagious condition, we don’t want to put anyone else (especially our guests) at risk for getting sick as well.
The most common foodborne viruses are Norovirus and Hepatitis A. Viruses do not grow in food, but can be transferred through food. We also know viruses are not destroyed by cooking, so it’s very important for everyone on our staff to practice good personal hygiene when handling food or when touching any surface that may come into contact with food. Washing your hands correctly is the best way to prevent the spread of these viruses, which is why our staff washes their hands often.
Whether you eat in our restaurant, enjoy one of our catered meals or bring our freshly prepared food home, we work hard to ensure the food we serve is safe for you to eat.