In terms of foodservice, the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) program put in place by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is wide reaching. From fisheries to farms and eventually to tables, there are rules and regulations in place to help ensure consumer safety. But what are these rules? How can you increase compliance? And how does HACCP relate to commercial refrigeration?
Commercial refrigeration systems are vital to foodservice operations. They preserve ingredients at ideal storage conditions, keep food and beverages cold at proper consumption temperatures, and they help move foods through the Danger Zone as quickly and efficiently as possible to ensure safe food consumption and storage.
Keeping food out of the "Danger Zone" is a critical step in preserving food safety. Regardless of the type of foodservice operation, leaving food at room temperature for too long can cause bacteria including salmonella, staph, and a whole list of undesirable illnesses.