Fresh Produce Food Safety

Fresh Produce Food Safety

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of the main food trucks menus. Because of this, you must handle fresh produce food safely to reduce the risks of delivering foodborne illness to your customer or food truck staff members. there is no roots cause determined. There are some steps the food truckers can take to minimize the chances for fruits and vegetables they handle to contaminate.

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Purchasing and receiving

Use purchasing that include food safety requirements, such as maintaining clean and pest-free storage areas and delivery vehicles, and complying with federal and state food safety laws and regulations. Ensure suppliers are getting fresh produce from licensed, reputable sources. Also check storage and handling practices of produce suppliers.

Washing and preparation

Inspect produce for obvious signs of soil or damage prior to cutting, slicing, or dicing. When in doubt about damaged produce, either cut away the affected areas or do not use the item. Wash fresh produce before serving or cutting.

You, also need to have clean all your appliances. For example, to keep your flat top grill clean.

fresh produce food safety washing

Hand hygiene

Wash all equipment, utensils, and food contact surfaces that come into contact with cut produce, with hot soapy water. Rinse, sanitize, and air-dry before use. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling or cutting fresh produce. Rewash hands after living the truck, breaks, sneezing, coughing, handling, trash or money, or anytime hands become soiled.

Serving

Do not store produce in direct contact with ice or water while on serving lines. Mark the time when you display cut produce without refrigeration. Make this cutting fresh produce for a maximum of 4 hours if not in a refrigeration unit of containers surrounded by ice. Discard the uneaten produce at the end of 4 hours.

Storage

fresh produce food safety storage

Maintain produce at the temperature recommended for the variety and particular stage of ripeness. Store produce at least 6 inches off the floor, including in refrigerators.

Remember that before using correctly any refrigerator storage you need to have it in perfect conditions. That’s the reason that you also have to clean your walk-in freezer.