Many tavern owners, often concerned about those liability issues pertaining to the serving of alcoholic beverages often overlook the equally serious concern about food borne illness and food contamination. Kitchen workers must be very diligent about following safety guidelines when it comes to the preparation of all foods intended for public consumption.
All meats, produce, fish and vegetables need to be washed thoroughly before being cooked or prepared and served, as well as any other items that can cause the spread of food borne illness from the kitchen or behind the bar. As a tavern owner, you need to be concerned about any food products that you sell and serve, as well as the cleanliness of those employees handling these items. There is tavern insurance available that deals with these issues and protects owners from suffering losses as of a result of any lawsuits that may arise.
There are a lot of food borne illnesses that can be transferred through employees hands including E. coli, norovirus, and even Hepatitis A. Any food safety consultant will tell you that the spread of these types of germs can happen quickly if proper precautions are not taken. The key to protecting customers from these types of illnesses occurring is by making sure that employees handling all food items wash their hands thoroughly before coming into contact with foods being served.
Contamination Is Far From Uncommon
In this type of environment there are plenty of ways to experience contamination. For example, employees grabbing ice and placing it in glasses with their bare hands can transmit germs to customers. Another way to transmit dangerous bacteria to people is serving drinks in drinking glasses that were not properly cleaned which creates yet another unsafe condition.
Employees should always use a clean ice scoop and check glasses for fingerprints or traces of lipstick around the rim. Also all glasses should be double checked to ensure they are not chipped, which could cut a patron, and if the glass were dirty they could become infected in this way as well.
Also, if you serve snacks or hot food items they should be handled with disposable, sanitary gloves. Remember that prevention is worth a pound of cure. The last thing you would want is for your business to be shut down for violation of existing health and safety codes. Purchase tavern insurance for food contamination concerns along with other exposures that you may face as well.