April 16, 2021
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Visual Inspection of Rubber Spatulas
How often do you really take a good look at your rubber spatulas? Rubber spatulas do become worn and brittle and the rubber will eventually start to break off. This can be a physical contaminant and a critical health code violation because broken pieces can fall into food. Rubber spatulas should be inspected prior to each use. If any of your spatulas are showing ANY signs of wear, please take the spatula to your manager so it can be discarded immediately and replacements can be ordered.
Below are three pictures of spatulas. The first picture shows what a good spatula looks like with clean rounded edges. The second shows how the edges are worn and jagged and small pieces are missing. The third picture has part of the rubber completely broken off at the top. The small pieces were actually found in food and we traced them back to this spatula. Fortunately these pieces were returned to us and not swallowed by a child. Rubber spatulas that look like the second and third picture should never be used and immediately discarded. Managers can contact me for replacement item codes of the type of spatula that you have discarded. Thank you for your serious attention to this potentially dangerous situation.
When completing inventory transfer forms, please be sure to complete all information. Dates, locations from/to, initials, item code, quantity, reason, signatures. All of this information is required because it must be entered in the inventory software. The final inventory valuation process cannot be completed until all information is entered. I also want to share the podcast Kathy and I were interviewed on. Click below to listen. Remember, if you would like to start a Giving Table, please let me know.