By: Lauren Landry
Here are five tips on food safety and cleanliness for your boba tea business.
Food safety and cleanliness are great boba tea business selling points. They are also of utmost importance because violating food safety rules can immediately bring your business down. Not to mention making your business go viral in the wrong way.
With that being said, strictly implementing food safety rules and policies will keep your store clean. Aim to be that boba tea shop that complies with food safety practices and safety code requirements. Doing so will not only make your customers happy but your local health inspector as well.
And without further ado, here are five food safety and cleanliness tips for your boba tea shop:
- Frequent handwashing of staff
- Wearing gloves when handling and preparing food
- Wearing a bouffant cap
- Thorough cleaning of equipment and utensils
- Proper food handling and storage practices
#1 Wearing gloves when handling and preparing food
Karat Thermoplastic Elastomer Powder-Free Gloves are perfect for food preparation and handling.
Gloves are one of the most essential boba supplies that you should invest in. They are very important when preparing and handling food to avoid contamination. And staff should not just use one pair a day. They should frequently be changing, especially after touching raw food or money.
Karat has a wide range of gloves in different colors and sizes. They are powder-free, making them perfect for food businesses like boba tea shops. You can also choose from pairs made from vinyl, synthetic vinyl, latex, nitrile, or thermoplastic elastomer (TPE).
#2 Frequent handwashing of staff
Wearing gloves shouldn’t be enough for food safety. Handwashing is crucial, especially during a health crisis. Staff should always wash at the following times:
- Before starting the shift
- Before wearing gloves
- Before eating
- After handling money
- After using the restroom
- After shaking hands
- After holding dirty dishes and utensils
- After handling trash
- After sneezing or coughing
- After touching the face
- After cleaning tables, utensils, etc.
- After smoking
- After eating
That is why make sure to provide antibacterial hand soap and hand sanitizer for your staff. Never run out of these cleaning items, as you cannot risk contaminating your boba tea drinks and snacks just because one employee forgot to sanitize their hands.
#3 Wearing a bouffant cap
As with gloves, wearing a bouffant cap is also essential, especially for staff members with long hair. Bouffant caps can prevent food contamination, but they also help keep hair away from the staff’s eyes, increasing their efficiency during the shift.
Bouffant caps are comfortable to wear even for an extended time because they are lightweight. They are also pretty inexpensive, just like Karat's Bouffant Caps which you can purchase in 1,000 cap-cases.
#4 Thorough cleaning of equipment and utensils
Utensils, glasses, and dishes should always be cleaned after use.
If your boba tea store accepts dine-in customers, you have to be very strict about cleaning utensils and dishes. Equipment like sealing machines, shakers, blenders, brewers, and syrup dispensers should also be regularly sanitized.
The same goes for the counter, the sink, tables, and chairs. Not keeping them clean and disinfected might attract pests, which is something food businesses must keep from happening. In addition, it’s also best to use food-grade cleansers, as there might also be a risk of chemical contamination.
#5 Proper food handling and storage practices
Next, you have to make sure to handle and store them properly. Here are some guidelines:
- Clean: We cannot stress this enough. Wash hands, wear gloves, and clean countertops and sinks often.
- Separate food: Do not cross-contaminate food items.
- Cook properly: Cook food at the proper temperature. Use a food thermometer to ensure this.
- Refrigerate food: Chill food items that might get soiled in high temperatures.
To ensure your boba tea business passes food safety standards, safety guidelines must be included in your employee handbook, and be sure to train staff properly. It’s important to remind them of these safety rules to ensure they do not forget.
In addition, check your local area’s food safety rules and policies to ensure that your boba tea business complies with local laws.
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