When you have a business in the food services area, you know how critical it is to respect certain safety guidelines for storing the food and other perishable items. Following a few safety guidelines keep your customers safe, protects your business from potential damage, and increases the longevity of your commercial refrigeration units.
Here are some key guidelines that follow the regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and optimize the performance of the refrigeration equipment you own:
Set the correct temperatures for the food items you store
36-45℉ is the best temperature for walk-in coolers and refrigerators, while a walk-in freezer should be kept somewhere between zero and -10℉.
Use the proper unit for the food you sell
Each food item has its own temperature to follow safety guidelines for food storage. Check the requirements and store them in the right refrigeration unit.
Constantly check the thermostats
It is recommended to check at least three times per day, to ensure the food is properly stored at the right temperature.
Make sure that the units’ fans are unobstructed
Any kind of blockage could result in a unit failure which can lead to a complete system failure. The cost to repair rises astronomically.
Train your staff to recognize any potential issues
Issues regarding the refrigeration system, especially leaks in the equipment’s drain lines or other parts.
Schedule routine maintenance
It is important for your equipment to check performance and fix any issues before they become serious problems.
When necessary, upgrade to a cutting-edge system
Sometimes holding on to outdated systems is more trouble than it’s worth keeping. Going to newer systems guarantees energy-efficiency and the best food preservation.
Start implementing the safety guidelines today! First, make an appointment with us for a routine inspection of your commercial refrigeration system.