Fact Sheet 4: Cross Contamination
What is cross contamination?
Cross contamination occurs when bacteria and viruses are transferred from a contaminated surface toa one which is not contaminated.
The bacteria and viruses can come from people, work surfaces or equipment, and other foods.
Important Points to Prevent Cross Contamination
- Keep raw meat and vegetables away from cooked food.
- Keep cooked food above raw food in the refrigerator
- Do not handle cooked food with utensils that have been used on raw food.
- Wash your hands before using gloves, never re-use gloves.
- After preparing raw food thoroughly clean and sanitize all surfaces, especially cutting boards.
- Keep food covered to protect from dust, flies, dirt and other sources of contamination.
- Use only food grade containers for holding food.
- Do not re-use containers, wrap, boxes or cans designed for single use only. i.e. ice-cream containers
- Do not use damaged or dirty utensils or equipment, i.e. cracked or chipped bowls or plates.
- Wash hands before handling food.
- Wash hands when changing duties.
- Use clean dishcloths and tea-towels