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3 Major Restaurant Mold Risks

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold requires moisture and nutriment to grow, both of which are found in a kitchen.

3 Major Restaurant Mold Risks

Restaurants have a uniquely high risk of mold growth. Food, moisture and heat combine to create an environment in which many types of fungus can thrive. There are three major mold risks that property owners and restauranteurs should take measures to mitigate.

1. Moisture and Residue Buildup

Mold requires moisture and nutriment to grow, both of which are found in a kitchen. Managers should develop and maintain a regular cleaning schedule. Surfaces or crevices where debris and moisture collect should be scrubbed, sanitized and wiped down. It is also important to clean floors in the kitchen and dining area and prevent water from pooling around a dish tank. Mold or mildew can also form beneath sinks or refrigeration units, which may be exposed to condensation and spills and overlooked during cleanup.

2. Inadequate Ventilation

A commercial kitchen requires a hood vent or other ventilation equipment. It is important to factor in the amount of cooking and dishwashing equipment in a facility when determining the proper rating for exhaust fans. Ventilation that breaks down should be repaired as soon as possible. Stagnant air and high humidity levels support mold growth at a restaurant.

3. Irregular Inventory

Restaurants use a variety of supplies. Without regular and accurate inventory, ingredients may be overlooked until mold starts to grow. All food items should be properly stored and dated to ensure that stock is moved before it goes bad and increases the risk of cross-contamination in a refrigeration unit or another storage area.

Unsanitary conditions, a lack of ventilation and omission of items from regular inventories are three of the most common risks for mold growth at a restaurant. Any type of water damage can also cause mold to grow in a structure. A restaurant or building owner should contact a remediation company if mold becomes a problem at a foodservice establishment in Athens, TX.

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