Yes, often hair is a quality issue that is treated like a food safety issue because customers demand that - no one likes to find a hair in their food.
Has anyone ever found a beard hair in a home cooked meal? Please don't tell me.
Policy wise it's easy to write but tough to enforce the length. I like the "pinch" idea.
Used to work for a place that had a "neat and trim" requirement for beards justified by the difference between beard and head hair.
Also places where beard nets were an absolute requirement.
Enforcement is one thing.
Behavior is another.
Challenge is you will have clean shaven people who's facial hair grows from day to day. Difficult to enforce and it does not match with their habits to not wear beard net for 2 days after shaving, but then yes for the next 2 days until they shave again.
Habits and human nature are one of the rarely discussed parts of these programs.
Eagerly watching for a practical solution,
Thanks to all for your input. I struggled from the start with the facial hair issue (hairnets seem straightforward as everyone wears one regardless). While I understand the 'yuck' factor, I personally consider it a low risk in our industry since there seem to be many other sources of potential hair contamination (arms, eyelashes, brows). However, I still have not found any source of objective evidence to support (or dispute) the level of risk (to packaging material) other than my opinion. Maybe I'm just weak on objectively assessing risk...
- Joshua Heinrichs
Fresh Safe Food | SQF Implementation and FDA Food Safety Plans
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