Avoiding Trouble In The Kitchen

 By Lon Matejczyk

 The Kansas Department of Agriculture recently cited a number of restaurants for critical health code violations.

In general, the problem can be traced to inadequate or poor training of food-service employees.

Meat stored improperly. Equipment left dirty. Failure to wash hand between tasks.

These are all serious health code violations but they also present educational opportunities.

Training is critical – an area where Apprentice Personnel can help.

Many of our temps can be found working in school cafeterias every day. For the past few years, Apprentice Personnel’s staff has worked with nutritional services directors in the Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., school districts to provide employees to supplement their regular crews.

Our training programs teach them professional hygiene, causes of food-borne illness, and how to identify potentially hazardous foods.

Our temps also know how to prevent cross-contamination, and how control or eliminate harmful bacteria in a restaurant.

As any employer can tell you, workforce training is crucial to getting the job done right.

About the Author

Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.

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