Metal Detectable Pens And Food Hygiene Practices

03/07/2017
by Safety Mart

Good practices of safety and hygiene, such as the use of Metal Detectable Pens, are essential in food preparation to prevent any illnesses. Not only does this apply to the food industry, but also to the domestic setting.

In the food industry, staff and employers have legal obligations to protect customers from becoming ill through consuming their products. Similarly, in the domestic setting, food safety is still something that needs to be highly considered to prevent illnesses through the consumption of food!

The Importance Of Food Hygiene

Bacteria can survive in a range of different places, including on the hands, around the fingernails, utensils and even on the cutting boards. When food is being handled, especially around places that aren't sterilized, bacteria can cling onto your utensils and skin, finding its way into the body orally or through open wounds.


As well as this, there are also objects that find their way into food. These foreign objects find their way into food when it is being transported from one location to another, when in storage or even when being prepared. These foreign objects can include stones, glass, metal, plastic and wood. Consumption of these foreign objects can ultimately lead to internal injuries.

To prevent bacteria or foreign objects from getting into food during the food preparation stage, it is very important to arm yourself with food safety equipment and metal detectable equipment to maintain food hygiene.


Metal Detectable Pens And General Food Hygiene Practices

1. Food Hygiene Uniform

Food hygiene clothing such as gloves, hair nets, beard nets and aprons are essentials when handling food because they help to prevent the passing of germs from the hands, hair, beard or clothing to the food itself. Ultimately, they act as a barrier between the skin and the food being prepared.

The gloves should be hygienically designed, as this will help prevent contamination. The gloves should be high quality poly gloves made of polyethylene resin, which complies with the FDA Rule for food contact. Gloves should have a lightly embossed texture for great grip of food and equipment, and should be loose allowing an easy slip off.

Start by cutting your fingernails so that they are short. This can help to prevent any sharp fingernails from tearing the gloves, which otherwise could cause the fingernails and food to have contact.

Another thing to take note of is that aprons worn during the preparation of food must not be worn outside of the food-preparation area to avoid further spread of bacteria and germs. Any uniform worn, including aprons, must be clean at the beginning of the food preparation process and must be changed regularly when required to do so.

2. Clean Hands

Washing your hands is extremely important when dealing with food. Hands should be washed before and after food preparation, before and after using kitchen utensils, after going to the toilet, after sneezing, coughing or smoking, and after touching bins or dirty surfaces.

As well as that, you should wash your hands before you start wearing your gloves. Also, by cutting your fingernails before applying your gloves, will give you the opportunity to clean underneath the nails with anti bacterial hand wash. Similarly, anyone who helps you to put your gloves on must have thoroughly cleaned their hands too before they do so.


3. Utility Forks And Sieves

They are the most underrated when it comes to food safety equipment, but what many people don’t know is that sieves and utility forks play an important role in food safety and hygiene practices.

For instance, before baking it is important to use a sieve. This will help to remove any further foreign objects from the flour before cooking using it.


3. Metal Detectable Pens And Markers

It is hard to imagine the use of metal detectable pens and markers in the kitchen, especially for the use of food safety. However the one thing that many people don’t know is that metal detectable pens and markers are in fact created purely for the purpose of food processing. They are particularly very useful when looking for foreign objects in food, like stones, metal and even glass.


Imagine foods like nuts and seeds. When harvested, they will have different objects from stones to shells. If eaten without checking carefully, the stones can crack the enamel or cause damage to the mouth. Furthermore, they could result in damage to the internal organs.

Metal detectable pens, such as Detectamet Pens, can be used to prevent any food which a worker is handling, from being contaminated.These pens have been designed with a consistent flow of ink that work in low temperature environments, including frozen food production companies.


4. Magnets

Magnets can be used in the removal of foreign objects especially those that are ferrous. One can purchase simple magnets from the store or create a simple electromagnet at home with available materials.


Magnets with different strengths can be used, however most food production plants use 11,000 Gauss magnets which are very strong and effective when trying to remove foreign objects. The stronger the magnet, the deeper down into the food the magnet will detect.


It can be used in locating ferrous materials which can be found in foods like flour, rice, nuts and seeds, among others.


5. Clean Food And Equipment

Warm water and detergents play a vital role when it comes to cleaning food such as fruits, vegetables and others foods. Dust, dirt, pests and germs exist on the outer surface of fruits and vegetables. When eaten without having them cleaned, the germs will find their way into the body, resulting in diseases. However, by cleaning thoroughly with these chemical detergents, you will be able to remove food debris and dirt.

It is also important to clean your equipment thoroughly with disinfectants which will destroy bacteria, alongside the use of sanitizers, which together kill bacteria, remove dirt and grease.