According to the CDC, 1 in 6 people in the United States falls ill after eating contaminated food. Therefore, it is extremely important to prevent cross-contamination in restaurants to ensure customer safety.
Dangerous foodborne pathogens like Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli cause more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhea and respiratory illnesses to cancer. Food contamination can also easily damage a restaurant’s reputation.
3 Ways in Which UV Light Can Help Prevent Cross-Contamination in Restaurants
While policy-makers can build and maintain food infrastructures and systems to manage food safety risks along the food chain, the primary responsibility lies with restaurant owners. With the right measures, restaurants can prevent cross-contamination and consequently prevent foodborne illnesses.
1. UV-C Light Protects You Against Foodborne Illnesses
Used for many years for water purification and air disinfection, UV-C light has germicidal properties that can effectively deactivate the DNA or RNA of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other pathogens, destroying their ability to reproduce and cause illnesses.
UV-C light is becoming a popular, cost-effective solution in eradicating pathogens and extending the shelf-life of food and beverages, saving you money.
Scientists have confirmed that UV-C light is effective in sanitizing food products without damaging their physical or chemical qualities. Moreover, scientists confirm that UV-C light can eliminate up to 99.99% of all bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens!
UV-C light is the perfect solution to combating mold and mildew in walk-in freezers. Remember, moisture is a mold’s best friend. So, depending on what you’re storing, controlling the humidity level may not be enough. A UV-C light installed in your walk-in freezer is your go-to solution without affecting and wasting the food around it.
2. UV Light Sanitizes Food Contact Surfaces
Any surface that comes in direct contact with food must be cleaned and sanitized. In fact, dirty surfaces are one of the most common safety violations filed against restaurants.
Disinfecting all areas in food service establishments can be very challenging, and depending on the material and characteristics of what you’re trying to clean, you may need to use different types of disinfectants and sanitizers. It can be hard and tiring to follow all of the guidelines and keep track of these details.
What UV light offers is a 99.99% guarantee of protection anywhere the UV-C light touches. This includes small, hard to clean parts of your kitchen where it’s hard for chemical disinfection to reach. All you need to ensure is that the surfaces are illuminated with UV-C light briefly.
3. UV Light Reduces Dependency on Chemicals
Using a UV-C cleanser is a physical process rather than a chemical one. Therefore, it’s environmentally friendly and non-toxic. This will help protect your customers, staff, and equipment from the side effects of harmful chemicals such as chlorine.
As mentioned earlier, UV-C light disinfects spaces throughout the restaurant that has been touched by it. This method is much easier and 99.99% more effective than rigorous cleaning with bleach, soap, and other chemical products.
UV light is a great way to control odor that could cause concern to nearby residents. An odorless kitchen is much better than a chemical-smelling one.
Unlike during shopping sprees, people can not wear masks while eating and drinking. So, by implementing safe practices in your kitchen, dining area, and bathroom, you’re proactively slowing the spread of deadly diseases and protecting your customers. Additionally, a clean restaurant creates a great first impression, a better experience, a higher customer satisfaction level, and brand loyalty.
By combining the safety features and the strengths of UV-C wavelength, Wolven’s technology maximizes the intensity of bacteria-killing light delivered to meet your food safety goals.