Caterers in Darlington have been urged to ensure they clean their commercial kitchen equipment properly to prevent E coli outbreaks from occurring.
Darlington Council’s Environmental Health team has contacted all caterers across the borough to remind them that they need to comply with national guidance on the prevention of E coli through cross contamination.
Caterers must conform to the the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) E coli Control of Cross-Contamination guidance which requires the use of correct disinfectants when cleaning premises and equipment.
The Environmental Health team has asked all caterers to review any disinfectant or sanitiser used to ensure they meet required standards. If a product in use does not meet the standard it must be taken out of use and replaced by a product that does.
Chris McEwan, Darlington Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said the importance of complying with food hygiene safety guidance and legislation could not be understated.
“Caterers preparing food for the public cannot afford to get it wrong – the public’s health and their business’ reputation is on the line. Don’t be tempted to buy cheap or ‘on special offer’ products – make sure you buy the right product to ensure you comply with the FSA guidance,” he said.
The council’s Environmental Health team has provided caterers with a list of products that comply with the standards and will check for compliance with the guidance at routine food hygiene inspections.
Failure to comply with the FSA guidance at a food hygiene inspection will affect a caterer’s food hygiene rating — a widely publicised rating made available to the public.