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A Microbiological Assessment of Restaurant Menu Contamination

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The importance of the cleanliness of the food contact surface has been recognized however, the cleanliness of non-food contact surface such as menus is thought to be under-estimated. The aim of this study is to determine the cleanliness of menus at a restaurant, evaluate current cleaning protocol and provide recommendation for improving menu cleanliness. This study will use microbiological data to analyze the cleanliness of the menus. A pretest will verify the most commonly touched areas of the menu by consumers. Based on the result of the pretest, menus will be collected from casual-family dining restaurants and analyzed for total microbial counts. Anticipated results will help guide restaurant managers establish effective cleaning protocols and improve food safety for the general public.
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2011-01-08
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