Nearly every commercial kitchen has cardboard cutter boxes for
dispensing plastic wrap and aluminum foil. These boxes are a high
carbon source that when combined with the moist conditions of food
contact surfaces provide an excellent host for bacteria and
boxes come in contact with raw chicken and other meat juices,
eggs, sanitation chemicals, anything being processed in a kitchen or
bakeshop. The absorbent, non cleanable surface of these boxes are a
complete violation of the FDA Food Code, which is the framework for
all Health Department inspections and procedures. The study revealed
E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria and Shigella flourish on cardboard
within normal kitchen environmental conditions.
"These boxes are nothing more than shipping containers with a
blade attached, being used as a piece of a equipment on food contact
surfaces." states Ken Krall, president of Kenkut Products, a supplier of safety and sanitation equipment. The
cutter boxes sit on cutting boards and work tables where food is
being prepped, carried around the kitchen by hand to various work
areas. The constant exposure to moisture also breaks down the
cardboard creating a very disgusting situation. Where does the
exfoliated cardboard go?
"I have seen these boxes sitting on floors, dirty shelves and
then back in use on food prep tables." admits Krall.
Quite a few eyes were opened at the 2000 National Environmental
Health Association Conference in Denver. Krall explains "E. Coli,
Salmonella, Listeria as well as other pathogens are common in the
food supply. The problems occur when food and equipment are not
handled properly, resulting in thousands of illnesses and hundreds
of deaths worldwide each year. The health professionals at the NEHA
conference openly admitted that the cutter boxes are one of the most
overlooked vehicles for cross contamination they had ever seen"
"The cardboard dispenser boxes for aluminum foil and plastic wrap
have always been a pet peeve of mine because of the gross cross
contamination potential and, like hand washing, people don’t give it
a second thought. The Kenkut dispenser is a boon to food safety
conscience managers and programs. It’s about time such a product
came out on the market" …. Lawrence Pong, Principal Inspector for
the City of San Francisco, Bureau of Environmental Health
The FDA Food Code clearly states in Chapter 4* and Annex 3**
how cardboard as a piece of equipment is completely unacceptable in
a food service environment. The answer to the problem is the
NSF APPROVED KENKUT ® SAFETY DISPENSER – sold worldwide.
Replacing the cardboard cutter boxes with KENKUT ® dispensers is an
integral part of the HACCP program.