Food Recalls Require Diligent Cleaning

Follow these refrigerator cleaning tips from the CDC

May 16, 2018

Food recalls have been in the news lately, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) recently announcing an increase in the number of illnesses linked to eggs contaminated with salmonella. The outbreak sickened 35 people in nine states and has led to 11 hospitalizations. The latest CDC report on an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that affected 29 states listed one person dead and 149 sickened.

Chances are good some of these recalled food items were in your facility’s refrigerator. Just throwing out the questionable items is not enough. Follow these fridge cleaning tips from the CDC:

  • Throw out the recalled food and any other food stored with it or touching it. Put the food items in a sealed back in the garbage.
  • Empty all contents from the fridge and detach removable shelves. Wash these removable parts by hand with soapy water.
  • Wipe the inside of the empty refrigerator with warm, soapy water, then wipe with clean water to rinse.
  • Use a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid bleach in 1 gallon of water to sanitize the refrigerator.
  • Be sure to throw out disposable gloves and wash your hands thoroughly when you’re finished cleaning.

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