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6 tips to serve food safely

As National Food Safety Month comes to a close, we’re focusing on serving food safely. Find out how to ensure service and kitchen employees follow rules about condiments or other shared items:

  1. Don’t re-serve food to one customer that previously was returned by another.
  2. Serve condiments in their original containers or in containers designed to prevent contamination. Don’t re-serve uncovered condiments.
  3. Don’t combine leftover condiments with fresh ones.
  4. Don’t re-serve uneaten bread to other customers. Change the bread basket linens after each use.
  5. Don’t re-serve plate garnishes, such as fruit or pickles, to another customer. Trash served, but unused garnishes.
  6. You can re-serve unopened, prepackaged food in good condition. That includes condiment packets and wrapped crackers. You also can re-serve bottles of ketchup, mustard and other similar condiments.

It’s easy to contaminate food if you’re not careful. Avoid potential problems by following proper procedures when serving food to customers.

The National Restaurant Association is using National Food Safety Month to educate operators and employees about proper food-safety techniques. For more information on food-safety practices and certification for restaurant and foodservice professionals, visit the NRA’s ServSafe website.

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