Sanitation doesn't cost, it pays: Is it true and can we prove it?

M. Robbins, D. McSwane

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    There is widespread agreement among public health officials that good sanitation doesn't cost, it pays! This article describes an approach to substantiate that premise and details the results of a research study conducted to measure the cost effectiveness of good sanitation in a retail food store meat department. The study consisted of baseline, training, and post-training periods used to monitor reprocessing and cleaning expenses. Equipment and ground beef samples were collected during the study to monitor sanitation practices. Benefits of improved sanitation management were evident in the lower Aerobic Plate Counts (APCs) recorded during the post-training period and the average daily savings of $14.29 (annual savings of $5,215.85) to the department when labor is included. A 5.3% decrease in product reprocessing loss was calculated. These findings are supported by the Food Marketing Institute's statement that a retail meat department can expect to save about 11% by implementing an effective sanitation management program.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)14-20
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Environmental Health
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Dec 19 1994

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
    • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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