Are Most Deli Meat Slicers Really Clean

 

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Other things to look for when assessing whether your local deli is cleaning meat slicers on time: Multiple slicers having more of the machines upped the chances they were cleaned regularly. And slicers deemed “easy to clean” by workers also raised cleaning rates, the CDC said. Cleaning meat slicers is a lengthy process.

It requires you to use the right materials and supplies otherwise you won’t get quality results. Before you start the cleaning process, make sure you have worn the right protective gloves. It is recommended you get cut-resistant gloves that are approved for use when handling foods.

Managers and employees at more than half of the delis in a recent study reported the retail operations are failing to meet U.S. Food Code specifications because meat slicers are. The deli slicer may be the one piece of powered equipment that makes us break with this tradition. Meat slicers are among the most difficult items to clean and are probably the most microbiologically hazardous pieces of equipment used in retail foodservice establishments. Why It’s Important to Clean a Meat Slicer.

Slicers are used for a variety of deli items and can even be used to slice produce. When you don’t regularly clean your slicer, food residue can build up in parts of the machine, causing bacteria to grow. This bacteria can contaminate foods and cause foodborne illnesses, which can make customers very ill!The meat slicer also comes with a removable stainless steel blade which also makes it easy to clean. The Elite Platinum EMT-503B Deli meat slicer makes a perfect gift to give to your friend or family members.

It is not only good looking but also will go a long way in easing your meat slicing experience. What we like about i. Knowing how to clean your meat slicer is really important. We wash everything in hot water with soap and a little bleach. You’ll want to pay particular attention to crevices where bits of meat or fat can become lodged in the slicing process.

You may need to use a toothpick or a mini scrubbing brush to clean. Speaking of messes, you’re going to be cleaning that meat slicer after nearly every use. Make sure that process is as painless as possible, literally as well as figuratively.

You’ll find that most slicers have detachable parts that might include the blade guard, blade, carriage and meat tray. Ideally, those parts can all be removed easily. A meat slicer that’s simple to clean will make your life easier. Look for a model that’s easy to wipe down and disassemble. Most meat slicers must be disassembled for cleaning, and the parts are not usually dishwasher-safe.

When cleaning a meat slicer, make sure it’s unplugged first. Mechanical deli slicers commonly used in retail and foodservice establishments to slice meats, cheeses and produce may become difficult or impossible to adequately clean and sanitize after a period.

List of related literature:

Some of the equipment, such as meat grinders, choppers, or slicers and several types of conveyor systems, may not be cleaned and sanitized very effectively and therefore serve as a source of contamination to a large volume of product.

“Fundamental Food Microbiology, Third Edition” by Bibek Ray
from Fundamental Food Microbiology, Third Edition
by Bibek Ray
Taylor & Francis, 2003

It seems reasonable that more contaminants are likely to be transferred to the meat from the hides and the environment during the skinning of dirtier than of cleaner animals.

“Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences” by C. Devine, Werner K. Jensen, Carrick Devine, M. Dikeman
from Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences
by C. Devine, Werner K. Jensen, et. al.
Elsevier Science, 2004

Bacteria from raw meat may remain on improperly washed equipment and if the same equipment is used for cutting ready-to-eat meat, like cold cuts which are eaten without further cooking, the chances of food poisoning occurring becomevery high.

“Food Hygiene and Sanitation” by S Roday
from Food Hygiene and Sanitation
by S Roday
Tata McGraw-Hill, 1998

The work area used for portioning cooked meats also should be kept in a sanitary condition.

“Foodservice Manual for Health Care Institutions” by Ruby Parker Puckett
from Foodservice Manual for Health Care Institutions
by Ruby Parker Puckett
Wiley, 2012

Slicers, conveyors. and packaging equipment may increase the contamination of processed meats by 1000-50.000 bacteria per gram, depending on hygienic practices.

“Handbook of Food and Beverage Fermentation Technology” by Y. H. Hui, Lisbeth Meunier-Goddik, Jytte Josephsen, Wai-Kit Nip, Peggy S. Stanfield
from Handbook of Food and Beverage Fermentation Technology
by Y. H. Hui, Lisbeth Meunier-Goddik, et. al.
CRC Press, 2004

In many but not all instances cleaning procedures are also effective decontamination and sanitation methods.

“Proteins: Biochemistry and Biotechnology” by Gary Walsh
from Proteins: Biochemistry and Biotechnology
by Gary Walsh
Wiley, 2002

Heavily soiled hands of meat cutters had higher bacterial levels, even after hand washing, than workers in meat packaging areas (57).

“Handbook of Food Science, Technology, and Engineering 4 Volume Set” by Y. H. Hui, Frank Sherkat
from Handbook of Food Science, Technology, and Engineering 4 Volume Set
by Y. H. Hui, Frank Sherkat
CRC Press, 2005

Slicers, conveyors, and packaging equipment may increase the contamination of processed meats by 1000–50,000 bacteria per gram, depending on sanitation practices.

“Principles of Food Sanitation” by Norman G. Marriott, M. Wes Schilling, Robert B. Gravani
from Principles of Food Sanitation
by Norman G. Marriott, M. Wes Schilling, Robert B. Gravani
Springer International Publishing, 2018

For instance, grinders, conveyors, augers, blenders, emulsifiers, patty machines, linkers, stuffers, and packaging machines all have areas on them that are difficult to clean.

“Handbook of Meat and Meat Processing” by Y. H. Hui
from Handbook of Meat and Meat Processing
by Y. H. Hui
CRC Press, 2012

Studies on the origins of contaminants have shown that the source of Enterobacteriaceae on meats can be work surfaces and not direct fecal contamination.

“Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology” by Richard K. Robinson, Carl A. Batt
from Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology
by Richard K. Robinson, Carl A. Batt
Elsevier Science, 2014

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