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The Importance of Janitorial Supplies in the Food Service Industry

E. coli and other pathogens

The use of effective janitorial supplies can eliminate the presence of E. coli and other pathogens that cause foodborne illness.


There are a few things Canadians expect when they go out for a nice meal. Among those are prompt, courteous service, a range of menu options, and quality ingredients prepared in a sanitary environment. When it comes to the latter point, having the proper janitorial supplies will ensure your restaurant is clean and safe.

If you asked the average Joe whether they remember the last really good meal they ate at a restaurant, they might be able to give you an answer. Ask them if they’ve ever had food poisoning, and they’ll not recall the establishment, but also the exact dish they ordered that fateful night.

Restaurant owners and other food service providers can’t afford the negative publicity created by foodborne illness. A single incident, even if it’s isolated to just one customer, can be enough to propel negative word-of-mouth advertising. A case where multiple instances of illness occur can be enough to drive someone out of business.


Cleaning Is Your Best Form of Prevention

That’s why maintaining a clean food service environment with effective janitorial cleaning supplies is so important. When it comes to restaurants, that level of cleanliness not only pertains to the ingredients you’re serving, but also to your:  

  • Kitchen and prep areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Dry storage, refrigeration and freezers
  • Carpets, mats and hard surfaces
  • Countertops
  • Tabletops
  • Linens and napkins
  • Plates, cutlery and glassware


Customers Want Reassurance

It might not be foremost in our thoughts, but people want to know that they are safe eating in an establishment. Seeing staff follow proper cleaning procedures in the front of a restaurant is just one example of how you can achieve that.

Something as simple as a waiter wiping down the table with a sanitizing spray before customers take their seat is an easy way to ensure their needs are being taken care of. Other signs of a tidy restaurant include:

  • Hand sanitizers placed near restrooms
  • Carpet and hard floors clear of food and debris
  • Clean bathrooms stocked with the appropriate janitorial supplies (soap, toilet paper, linen roll towel etc.)
  • Immaculate kitchen (whether it can be viewed by public or not)


Foodborne Illness Is Bad for Business

In recent years, there have been a number of reports regarding various foods recalled due to foodborne illnesses caused by: 

  • E. coli
  • Campylobacter
  • Norwalk virus
  • Salmonella
  • Listeria

Whether it’s a restaurant, grocery store or the distribution company that supplied the product, the economic and reputational fallout resulting from a food outbreak can be incalculable.

What’s of more concern is that some of the foods carrying these pathogens are seemingly innocuous:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Pre-packaged salads

As a result, customers are now relying on food distributors to keep their companies safe and in compliance with health and safety regulations.

For more sanitary tips for restaurant cleanliness, read our post: Why Workwear Cleaning Is an Essential Practice in the Food Service Industry. 


Are you looking for a reputable distributor for your janitorial supplies? JET Uniform & Supply carries a range of effective cleaning supplies for use in a variety of industries. Call us to discuss our convenient programs for product delivery and restocking.