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Jan 24, 2012 09:40 AM

Grocery Store Deli Dept. Slicer Cleanliness

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.

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

      1. Doesn't bother me in the least.

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

          1. 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.