Having the right equipment on hand is important in a variety of workplace contexts, and this is no different when it comes to food storage.
The improper handling of food can lead to a number of negative consequences. There are many foodborne illnesses that can be created and spread when food is contaminated by disease-causing pathogens. Types of food poisoning range in the hundreds, some of which are caused by improper storage of food, leading microbes to grow and multiply.
According to the New South Wales Food Authority, around 5.4 million Australians are affected by foodborne illness every year. Good Food reports that, in the 10 years to 2011, the amount of Australians affected by food-borne gastroenteritis went up by just under 80 per cent. Such incidents can negatively affect a business in a variety of ways, from losing customers to dealing with disgruntled patrons seeking damages.
It’s for this reason that Australia has strict food safety standards, which lead businesses to maintain a high level of hygiene and sanitation in food production and preparation, lowering the risk of foodborne illness in the process. The government’s Food Safety Practices and General Requirements lists food storage as one of the key elements of food safety, mandating that businesses store food so that “it is protected from the likelihood of contamination”. Having quality containers for food storage and handling is crucial for this.
In fact, the Victorian Department of Health’s guide for safe food storage by businesses outlines a number of ways to keep food stored safely. One of these is to “[s]tore food clean, non-toxic, food storage containers.” Also important is the use of quality material handling equipment such as stainless steel trolleys and food service carts.