In order to run a successful grocery store that appeals to the members of your community, you’ll need to maintain a clean, safe environment. One of the most crucial aspects of this is food safety. If the food you sell gets customers sick, they will not continue shopping at your store. Consider the following when you’re revisiting the food safety portion of your business plan.
If food items aren’t kept cool or warm enough, bacterial growth could begin developing. Regularly inspect the thermometers in fridges and freezers to ensure that this equipment is working properly to cool food down to the set temperature. The same goes for warming stations for rotisserie chickens and other prepared meals.
Roaches, mice and other pests may get into your grocery to search for bits of food. But they transfer germs onto everything they touch; not to mention, they leave droppings along their wake. If you notice a pest problem starting to develop, immediately consult a professional exterminator to address the issue.
It’s crucial that you keep your store clean, but this especially applies to food prep areas or areas like the meat counter where food is stored without packaging. Dirt, dust and other debris should not be allowed to accumulate on shelves, in coolers or in other areas of the store. Maintain a regular cleaning schedule to keep up with your high standards of food safety.
Food products are only guaranteed to be fresh up until the expiration date printed by the manufacturer. Expired items should be thrown out to prevent the chance of a customer getting sick from it. You can discount items that are approaching the expiration date to get the food sold before it has to be trashed.
Even the best efforts at food safety may not completely eliminate the risk of a customer getting ill. Fortunately, you can protect your store against such claims with the right grocery store insurance.
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