According to the CDC, 48 million people are sickened by food borne illnesses causing 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually.[i] The PEW Charitable Trusts estimates that the economy, healthcare and workplaces take a combined hit of $152 billion each year resulting from the costs of foodborne illness.[ii] These costs are likely to increase, as foodborne illnesses are not completely preventable, only containable.
SANITIZING FOOD PROCESSING SURFACES AND EQUIPMENT: DEFINITIONS AND PROCEDURES
In the food industry (whether manufacturing or food-handling), the importance of keeping surfaces, equipment and utensils sanitary cannot be overemphasized. Soils (food waste and bacteria) can build up on surfaces if they are not regularly cleaned, and maintained increasing the risk of foodborne illnesses unintentionally being produced inside your business. According to the CDC, in the United States alone, foodborne illnesses account for 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths a year.[i] Making sure sanitary procedures are in place will help protect your business from contributing to these staggering statistics.