C Store Food Safety
These words alone conjure images of microwaved burritos, nacho cheese pumps, and “gas station sushi”, but this staple of modern America has evolved significantly over the years. These days, many convenience stores offer a wide array of fresh food options such as handmade sandwiches and fresh cut produce. With this increase in fresh options comes an increase in potential food safety risks.
In this growing industry, maintaining food safety is crucial to the success of every location and evolving products mean new handling and storage protocols. Mistakes and outdated processes can cause illness to customers and wreak havoc on a store’s reputation. In fact, recent data from over 2,000 food safety assessments conducted in c-stores revealed the 10 most common safety concerns:
- The cleanliness of food contact surfaces
- Hot holding
- Cold holding
- Expired foods
- Potential contamination
- Pest infestation
- Food handling (time & temp)
- Hand washing
- Food packaging & condition
Though convenience stores and restaurants differ in services,
they share a common responsibility by management to keep customers safe through adherence to food safety standards and, just as importantly, effective training. Organizations with optimal food safety records suggest the first step to avoiding fines and legal ramifications, as well as attracting and retaining customers, is to create an employee culture built on food safety. This means ensuring employee comprehension and commitment to following guidelines for the receiving, handling, and storing of food, as well as personal hygiene and sanitation.
Avert Food Safety Advisors are here to help you create this culture through 4 key tenets:
By providing education, training, and program development designed for your needs and goals, our hands-on approach ensures food safety risks are assessed and effectively mitigated.
Our certified team will review current procedures and implement corrective actions to bring your program and staff up to code, ensuring all inspections and audits are passed with ease.
Proactively, we’ll work to develop strong food safety programs that provide your organization with the ultimate brand protection.
With ever-changing food regulations and customer needs, ongoing support is crucial. Our advisors are available to your organization long after third-party audits are passed or certifications secured.
Matthew McClure provides sound strategies that instill cost-effective methods for building robust food safety, operational and quality assurance programs. Along with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Microbiology from The University of Akron and an MBA in Finance from Louisiana State University, Matthew brings over 20 years of experience in the food safety industry to AVERT Food Safety Advisors. His knowledge spans many areas including FDA food processing facilities, USDA meat and poultry plants, dietary supplement manufacturers, retail, cannabis manufacturing, and food service operations.
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