Bakery corner: clean, cleaner, cleanest, safe
In association with all other members of the AIBI (International Association of Plant Bakeries), we’ve defined a set of clear recommendations to ensure hygiene and safety in the bakery corner of your supermarket.
When bake-off operators and store personnel respect these recommendations – in addition to the existing hygiene rules in supermarkets and the additional prevention measures issued by national governments and health authorities – bake-off products can be considered perfectly safe.
- Wash and disinfect hands
First and foremost, wash and disinfect hands frequently.
- Use disposable gloves
Wash and disinfect disposable gloves equally as bare hands, and replace them on a regular basis.
- Wear protective face masks
Wear face masks to provide additional protection, and change them regularly.
- Disinfect shop equipment
Disinfect handles on displays, food pliers or grippers and slicing machines on a regular basis.
- Disinfect the protection lid
Present fresh bakery products in displays with protection lid. Disinfect the lid frequently.
- Use transparent packaging
Leave the (preferably transparent) packaging open in order to preserve maximal crustiness.
- Protect your customers
Increase the hygiene measures for self-service: provide disinfection gel and/or disposable gloves in the bakery corner.
- Communicate – say what you are doing
Tell your customers what you are doing to ensure safe products. And instruct them what they must do.
- Walk the talk – do what you say
Show your customers that effective hygiene and safety measures have been put in place and are being followed by store personnel.
Share these recommendations with all bake-off operators and store personnel. We know that a constant state of alertness demands a lot from staff members - so, for everyone’s safety, remind them of these recommendations on a regular basis. Even better: hang them up high as a reminder.
For your further information, you can read AIBI’s full position paper on bake-off in corona crisis here.
We are referring to the following sources:
- WHO World Health Organisation (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses)
- EFSA European Food Safety Authorities (https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/news/coronavirus-no-evidence-food-source-or-transmission-route)
- Food Standards Agency (https://www.food.gov.uk/)
> It is important to reassure your customers: discover our in-store communication kit
> At your disposal for any advice to guarantee the continuity of your bake-off activities