The Most Common Causes of Food Poisoning
1. Inadequate Cooling and Cold Holding
More than half of all food poisoning is due to food being out at room temperature for more than 2-4 hours.
2. Preparing Food Too Far Ahead of Service
Food prepared 12 or more hours before service increases the risk of food temperature abuse.
3. Poor Personal Hygiene and Infected Personnel
Poor hand washing habits and food handlers working while ill are implicated in 1 out of every 4 food poisonings.
4. Inadequate Reheating
When leftovers are not reheated to above 165 F for at least 15 seconds
5. Inadequate Hot Holding
Cooked foods not held at above 140 F until served can become highly contaminated.