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Grocery Store Deli Dept. Slicer Cleanliness

njmarshall55 Jan 24, 2012 09:40 AM

Does anyone else have a quesy feeling when you see all the dried scraps left on a meat or cheese slicer in a grocery store deli department? I stood on line and watched a team of deli personnel cut almost a dozen types of meats on one machine before anyone took it upon themselves to actually wipe the machine down.

  1. splatgirl Jan 24, 2012 09:58 AM

    deli meats, deli cleanliness, deli food handling practices, it all makes me feel queasy. the slicer is the least of my worries.

    1. Davwud Jan 24, 2012 10:14 AM



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        MonMauler Jan 24, 2012 10:35 AM

        Doesn't bother me in the least.

        1. Sooeygun Jan 24, 2012 10:44 AM

          Doesn't bother me at all. it's not like they are slicing raw meat on it and then going back to cooked.

          1. paulj Jan 24, 2012 10:47 AM

            As long as all the meats are cooked, it shouldn't matter (at least from a food safety standpoint) whether they wipe it down between roast turkey and salami.

            At a butcher that I frequent, I can't get freshly sliced deli meat a half hour before closing because they are cleaning the slicer. A well run grocery department should do the same - stop and clean machines like this on a regular basis.

            1. bagelman01 Jan 24, 2012 10:50 AM

              If I see the employee slicing roast beef I insist the slicer be wiped down before slicing my order. I do not want turkey breast dripping in beef juice.

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                ttoommyy Jan 25, 2012 12:01 PM

                "turkey breast dripping in beef juice"

                Mmmmmm...now I'm hungry!

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                  Novelli Jan 25, 2012 01:56 PM

                  LOL I was thinking the same thing!
                  You can cut my turkey on whatever slicer was recently used for pork!

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                MrsButterfingers Jan 24, 2012 11:07 AM

                It’s always good to be concerned how your food is being handled no matter what the circumstance and a deli is no exception.
                Proper food safe requires a meat slicer be washed, rinsed and air dried frequently. After every four hours of continuous use the slicer should be disassembled and thoroughly cleaned with a clean in place solution this is to prevent pathogen growth.

                1. ipsedixit Jan 24, 2012 11:13 AM

                  Deli meat in and of itself bothers me. Period.

                  The slicer? Could care less.

                  Sort of like worrying about a scab wound when you've been shot in the head, at point blank range.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    cleobeach Jan 25, 2012 10:20 AM

                    Deli meat in and of itself bothers me. Period.

                    This made me laugh out loud. I am totally with you. It has been years since I purchased lunch meat.

                    To answer the original question - yes, it bothers me very much to see scraps of food on the slicer.

                    In my rational mind, I know the chance of that turkey scrap from 3 minutes ago probably isn't going to polute my swiss cheese but then I think "what if that turkey has been sitting there for 12 hours?" No surprise that I don't buy sliced food from the deli area.

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