Food Safety Risks at Supermarkets
Food safety is a cumulative process involving multiple stakeholders. From harvest to production, shipping and cold storage, order fulfillment and delivery, food preparation and handling, grocery retailers rely on food safety best practices across a wide range of disciplines.
Food shipments can proceed through up to 30 individual steps and have multiple changes of ownership, custody and control before they reach supermarkets. Once there, this chain of custody now includes the complexities of click-and-collect fulfillment — from picking processes and staging through customer pick-up. Throughout these processes, multiple factors can either decrease perishable food’s shelf life or increase its risk of becoming unsafe and a potential cause of foodborne illness.
Supermarkets are heaven for anyone going out grocery shopping or even shopping online. There are endless aisles and a vast selection of your favorite products, nestled amongst so many others vying to get a space in your cart.
But this food heaven can turn out to be hell if your favorite supermarket does not follow food safety standards and ensure safe handling and storing of food products. Let's look at some food safety and hygiene measures that any supermarket must follow.
Monitoring food safety standards at all stages
By monitoring the environmental conditions inside the shipping container, it is possible to prevent the effects of moisture and aging agents during transportation.
If the cold storage of a supermarket or a warehouse is not functioning properly, it can easily spoil the frozen goods and render them unfit for eating.
This is especially true for frozen products like meat and ready-to-eat home meal replacements. These foods, once thawed, should not be refrozen.
Keeping this in mind, all possible systems and checks are in place at Providore to store and preserve the shelf life of perishable commodities at optimal temperatures. This also prevents bacteria from growing and keeps the items fresh for longer.
Packaging should be intact
- There should be no tears, holes or openings in the packaging. Frozen foods should be frozen solid and should not have any signs of thawing.
- Food in the refrigerated foods section should feel cold to touch.
- The safety seals must be intact on jars. A loose lid on a jar indicates that there has been a vacuum loss and contamination may have set in.
- The seal of any product should not be tampered with or damaged
Safe food handling practices at Providore
Providore stores its products in clean and sanitized conditions. Hygienic handling of products is ensured while packing and dispatching them to customers.
This means that the product is already hygienic at the time of shipment.
At Providore, you can be sure that you are buying groceries that have passed all these safety checks.
In addition to complying with hygienic storage conditions, Providore also pays attention to individual temperature controlled storage.
The Providore gives you the confidence to order groceries and deliver your products to the front door without contact.
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