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Do our kitchen hygiene habits need to change?

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The UK’s Food Hygiene Rating is a ranking out of five that measures restaurants’ standards of hygiene on the day they get inspected. It covers kitchen cleanliness, food preparation and cross-contamination.  

Can you guess what the average domestic (home) kitchen in the UK would score on the UK’s food hygiene ratings?  

Surprisingly, the answer is just 1.6.  

In a recent survey we conducted, we found that when reviewing the Food Hygiene Rating ranking criteria that could also be applied to residential kitchens on the Food Hygiene Test checklist*, only 3% of the 2,000 Brits surveyed were adhering to all 14 points.  

So why did we score so badly? The two main areas that impacted hygiene rankings were kitchen condition (and equipment maintenance) and cleanliness. Over a third of people (38%) admitted their kitchen was not in good condition or well maintained (38%), and was not clean or tidy (32%).  

Although it’s not necessary for kitchens in the home to be as strictly regulated as kitchens in restaurants, we think it’s still important to follow  the fundamental, ‘best practice’ hygiene habits when preparing food for yourself and your family.  

We have created a “Hygiene Habits” brainteaser to help you keep in mind important hygiene habits when it comes to their kitchens. 

There are seven hygiene hazards in the image below: 

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It takes the average person 45 seconds to find them all. 

Answers

The hazards are: 

•              Dirty sponges by the sink – old sponges can be bacteria-laden and when used to wipe down surfaces, could spread pathogenic bacteria around. Make sure you replace your sponge regularly.  

•              Meat and vegetables on the same chopping board – Uncooked meat can leave bacteria on your chopping board, which can then cross-contaminate your other food. You should use two different chopping boards for meat and vegetables.  

•              Freezer broken – freezing food is a great way to keep food safe to eat for a long period of time. Freezing keeps food safe by slowing the movement of molecules and the growth of microorganisms that cause both food spoilage and foodborne illness. A broken freezer could compromise the quality of the frozen food.    

•              Soap dispenser by the sink empty – It’s very important to wash your hands with soap and water when you cook to prevent the spread of germs.  

•              Dead flies by the window – flies are a hygiene hazards as they often land on dead animals, rotten food, animal waste and garbage, and can pick up diseases that are harmful to humans. Make sure you keep everything clean and wipe down surfaces where a fly may have landed.  

•              Food waste dropped around the bin – food waste dropped around the bin can attract flies and other pests.  

•              Dirty equipment (knives, plates) - It's important to keep knives, wooden spoons, spatulas, tongs, and the like clean to help stop bacteria spreading to food.  

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