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#1 ebutera

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 09:34 PM

We use temperature probes on our cook line.  Periodically throughout the day we sanitize the probes with hand sanitizer.

I was recently told by USDA that I need to let the sanitizer dry before going back to the task.  Is this something anyone else has experienced?

 

Further concern this brought up for me is that we require all workers to sanitize their disposable gloves prior to touching food.  They don't let their gloves dry before going to that task.

 

I'm concerned that if I start getting into this further I will find more issues than solutions.

 

Any thoughts would be very helpful.



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Posted 04 May 2016 - 11:10 PM

Hi Abutera

 

If you are using a chlorine based sanitiser then it is important for two reason to ensure that tools and hand are totally dry before reuse.

 

1. one is migration of chlorine ions from probe to  the equipment surface (probe holding area), as chlorine ions can cause corrosion so it is important that the probes are completely dry prior to reuse.

2. When you do not dry gloves after sanitization then residual sanitiser can contaminate food  and affect the taste so it is a requirement that hands  (gloves) should be totally dry prior to handling food.

 

i hope this will explain why USDA are asking to ensure that probe sand gloves should be fully dry prior to reuse or handling food.

 

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 06:25 AM

We use temperature probes on our cook line.  Periodically throughout the day we sanitize the probes with hand sanitizer.

I was recently told by USDA that I need to let the sanitizer dry before going back to the task.  Is this something anyone else has experienced?

 

Further concern this brought up for me is that we require all workers to sanitize their disposable gloves prior to touching food.  They don't let their gloves dry before going to that task.

 

I'm concerned that if I start getting into this further I will find more issues than solutions.

 

Any thoughts would be very helpful.

 

Hi ebutera,

 

Offhand i would suggest to rinse the sanitizers off. Or do the USDA not allow this ?

 

It may also relate to the unknown sanitizer, process, product, location of probe etc.


Kind Regards,

 

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 03:40 PM

We use an alcohol based sanitizer.  That is why I haven't been concerned with drying or rinsing.



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Posted 15 May 2016 - 01:17 PM

Dear ebutera,

 

sanitizers should not contaminate the food - even if they are "food" like ethyl alcohol. They have to be removed. In the case of ethyl alcohol you can let equipment dry (as proposed) or rinse with e.g. water (drinking water quaility). This is a legal requirement in Europe.

 

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