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State Investigating Cleaning Method at Fast Food Chain

Restaurant worker contaminates tables with germs from floor

June 11, 2019

Following proper cleaning methods that avoid cross contamination should be second nature to your staff. That lesson was lost on a fast food chain employee. The Florida Department of Health is investigating cleaning practices at a Burger King restaurant in Fruit Cove, Fla., where a customer filmed an employee washing a table with a mop just minutes after using the same mop to clean the restaurant floor, WSAV News reports.

The customer had just finished eating at that table and was concerned that this was the normal cleaning practice at the restaurant, so she sent her video to Burger King’s corporate office. Burger King officials thanked her for bringing the matter to their attention and promised to contact the appropriate management team.

The state health department cited the same restaurant earlier this year for eight violations, including moldy kitchen vents and dirty freezer interiors.

Don’t be like the Burger King employee. Follow three tips to avoid cross-contamination. The first tip is to implement separate cleaning tools for each facility area, using different colors for each surface or room.

“You never want to use a mop [you used to clean a bathroom] in the kitchen,” says Arely Castellon, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green associate with Sparkle Team®, a sustainable building service contractor in Boca Raton, FL.

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