Recently we had a state survey in a long term community and it was brought to our attention by one of our registered dietitians that when it comes to food safety there are many rules that need to be strictly followed. Most of those rules occur in the kitchen; however, we were reminded that there is one rule that takes place as we set up a plate, bowl, glass and/or cup on a tray for service or in front of the residents.
1) This means never let your fingers, especially the thumb touch the top of the plate, bowl, or cup. Hold the plate in the palm of your hand with the fingers tucked below or just touching the side of the rim.
2) Utensils, including knives, spoons, and forks must be handled by the handle.
3) Never place a hand or palm over the opening of a glass or cup and do not grasp the rim of the glass with your fingers.
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Photo Credit: State Food Safety Resources