my own little world
I hate to admit it, but i happen to work at a "well known" fast food restaraunt. the incidents i see you guys talk about don't suprise me...but i have to tell you, just because these things happened once or twice, doesn't mean that all "restaraunts" are bad. I am currently in the process of becoming a crew trainer, meaning i will be training new employee's the proper way to cook and serve food, also the proper cleaning procedures. where i work though, the state does not require the cooks in our restaraunt to wear gloves. here's why: when we place meat on the grill, it is frozen. yes, we do touch it with our hands, but we don't touch it when we remove it. we use a metal spatula and a rubber one to remove the cooked product. again RaW MeAt DoEs NoT CoMe In CoNtaCt with cooked meat, therefore there is no need for gloves since the people cooking do not touch any cooked meat, or anything else. if they decide to switch stations and make sandwiches, they are required to wash thier hands with antibacterial soap and warm water before switching. actually if we did have to wear gloves while cooking, it could be even more dangerous because the grease from the meat splatters on our hands quite often. imagine what would happen if it splattered onto a latex or plastic glove? or if we accidently touched the extremely hot grill while laying meat patties down? not groovy good. nope. we also check the temperatures of the meat regulerly to make sure that all bacteria has No chances to grow. as far as cleaning, we use clean towels soaked in bleach, and use one towel for the tabels, one for the chairs, ect. and throw them in a seperate bucket for dirty towels when finished. if we have something else to do like cleaning the bathroom, we use seperate towels for that as well. i think the best way you can determine if the restaurant is safe, is to look around and observe. depending on how busy it is, are things neat and organised? especially in lobby. if it's really busy, don't expect it to be spotless, but do expect it in good shape, if it is slow, do expect cleanliness. are the areas behind the counter fairly clean and organized also? are the employees friendly? do the majority of them look like they know what they're doing? also, when you order a sandwich with beef or chicken ect. check the inside of the patty before you take a bite. is it pink slimy and cold? or does it apear cooked and feel warm? if it looks cooked, feels cooked, then chances are, it is. if not, you may want to show it to a manager at the store and ask them to replace it. (but please don't yell at them, it's nice to be polite)...commin sense in just being aware of these things, and trust should prevent any incidents. if you don't think you can trust them to cook safe food, then don't buy from them.
erm...i hope i havn't said too much here, but i hope this helps you guys get a better experience out of the fast food or slow food restaraunts if you decide to visit. =)