Not to make light of a very serious and world-changing situation, but a common thought among us germaphobes these days is, “I’ve been preparing for this my whole life.”
Even in the time of pandemic, we all need to eat, but if you are like me, you may be wondering exactly who is preparing the food you eat and are they up to snuff with hygiene protocol. Every time I eat, these thoughts cross my mind, and now, more than ever, I want to know that my food is being prepared under the strictest food safety regulations.
Food safety never goes out of style!
I thought I would take this opportunity to share what it looks like behind the scenes at Singing Bowl Granola HQ. As I’ve already mentioned, I am a germaphobe, so running a commercial kitchen gives me full license to openly obsess on cleanliness. We start and end each shift with an immaculate work area, and I have been told numerous times by visiting health officers that I run the cleanest kitchen in Victoria.
We start and end each shift with an immaculate work area.
As an employer, I understand how vital it is to make sure that my staff consistently meets my standards of hygiene. I have a small, dedicated team of employees who, from day one, are trained how to take all measures necessary to prevent contaminating product. From regular hand washing to using dedicated equipment to avoid cross contamination of allergens, to recording and tracking raw materials, my employees follow strict food safe protocol to ensure that our granola is produced in the safest conditions. I am constantly impressed with their commitment to meeting top safety standards. They understand the importance of these rules and regulations and follow them to a T.
My employees also understand that, if there is the slightest chance that they may be getting sick, they do not come to work. While this can create challenges in production, we never, ever waver on this rule. During these stressful days of rapidly spreading Covid-19, we are all closely monitoring our health and will avoid coming to work at the first hint of anything resembling the symptoms. So far, we are all feeling fit and healthy, and, hopefully, with enough care, this will continue.
I hope this has been reassuring to you while we all try to navigate how and what we can do to safely get through the next few weeks or months.
One thing you can do is to continue to support small businesses that are making the effort to keep their communities supplied with food and other necessities. There is no doubt that everyone will be taking a financial hit while this pandemic spreads, so it is important to make sure we do what we can to make sure our small businesses survive. Rest assured that I am deeply grateful for your continued support through these difficult times.
Wishing you good health!
p.s. In case you decide you want to stock up on Singing Bowl Granola, it freezes nicely!
p.p.s. I will continue donating 10% of all direct to customer sales to the Victoria Women's Transition House throughout the month of March.