SafeFood © Clean and Pretty!
Remember the old Mickey Mouse Club TV show (sure you do – Annette? Tommy?) when Mickey would ask “Is everyone clean and pretty? Then, on with the show! ”. I remember this well (and probably explains my fixation with cleaning). Well here we are closing out the first decade of the 21st century and proper cleaning is still an issue. In fact, improper cleaning and sanitizing practices are one of the top contributing reasons of how people get a foodborne illness. Don’t you expect to have clean and sanitary silverware and cups when you eat away from home? That is certainly a reasonable expectation. A challenge is that something can look clean just with a spit and polish, literally. We trust that the food establishment has either a high temperature or chemical sanitizing process that is working correctly.
What can you do when you are working at community events? Think about using very hot water (although this could pose some safety issues as very hot means 180° F.) or a chemical such as chlorine. A recipe for chlorine sanitizer that is safe for food contact surfaces is one tablespoon per one gallon of warm water. More is not better; too much chemical and there is risk of toxicity.
Clean and Pretty – Mickey was right! I knew those hours watching the Mickey Mouse Club were not wasted! All together now:
Who's the leader of the club
That's made for you and me?
Hey, there! Hi, there! Ho, there!
You're as welcome as can be!
submitted by Catherine Strohbehn, MM Club Fan of early 1960's and food safety specialist