Buying Guide: Cross Contamination Prevention

Need help making a purchase? Central has you covered with a library full of buying guides you can conveniently find on our website

Today’s buying guide covers cross contamination.  Find this and all buying guides here, and check after the release of our January master catalog for more.  


Using Color-Coded Products to Prevent Cross Contamination

  • Introduction
  • Meaning behind colors
  • Types of utensils


Color Code to Prevent Contamination

  • The sixth largest contributing factor to foodborne illness is cross contamination (An Introduction into the Food Service Industry, 2004).
  • While there is no substitute for thorough cleaning and sanitization after every use, color coding your food prep smallwares is a good way to lessen the chance of cross contamination.
  • Color Coding allows employees to quickly identify which cutting boards, knives, cut resistant gloves and utensils should be used for a specified food. Example: By using only yellow smallwares for chicken and only green for vegetables, you can ensure that raw chicken never comes in contact with vegetables for the dinner salad.


The Meaning Behind the Colors

The following guideline is widely accepted as a way to identify and separate the tools needed in preparing certain foods.

Tip: Color coding different departments of operation is another way to help reduce cross contamination. For example, all red colored items will be used in the butcher’s shop, while white colored items will stay in the bakery.


What Food Preparation Items can be Color Coded?

Cutting Boards
There are a variety of shapes, sizes and costs for any customer to ensure cross-contamination is never an issue.  See all Cutting Boards.


Knives (Cutlery)
Can be coordinated with cutting board colors to ensure certain colors are only used for particular food items.  See all Cutlery.


Cut Resistant Gloves
Can be coordinated with cutting board colors to ensure that certain colors are only used for particular food items.  See all Cut Resistant Gloves.




For more information, view this Cross Contamination Prevention Guide in full on our website.

Ready to order? Click here to view our food preparation items, or click on the links above for cutting boards, knives and cut resistant gloves.  And don’t forget to check out all of Central’s buying guides.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *