Proper Cleaning And Sanitation Are Food Safety Pillars

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Carine Nkemngong
Sr. Scientist-Food Safety Expert
Sep 22, 2022

Proper cleaning and sanitation are food safety pillars as foodborne pathogens can be transferred from improperly decontaminated surfaces to foods. A 2018 publication from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported on risk factors associated with foodborne illnesses in the US1. Their results indicated that 40.94 % (174/425) and 62.12% (246/396) of quick service and full-service restaurants respectively, did not properly clean and sanitize food contact surfaces1.


Many efforts have been made to develop executable sanitation standard procedures. However, the proper implementation of those procedures within food settings remains a challenge. This is why the FDA ranks improper cleaning and sanitation as the 4th highest risk factor associated with causing a foodborne illness through food served in fast food restaurants in the US.


Diversey’s mission is to protect and care for people through leading hygiene, infection prevention, and cleaning solutions. We develop and deliver innovative products, services, and technologies that save lives and protect our environment. Over the course of 95 years, the Diversey brand has become synonymous with product quality, service, and innovation. We foster the implementation of best cleaning and sanitation practices by delivering complete food safety packages that include but are not limited to:

  • The provision of rigorous cleaning and sanitation programs delivered via a wide portfolio of chemical formulations and sanitation practices suitable for almost every application.
  • Providing effective and easy to use chemical solutions that help ensure compliance with proper sanitation practices.
  • Coaching frontline employees on the effective implementation of best sanitation procedures.
  • Helping customers to develop and implement cleaning and sanitation processes that help ensure food is safe.



  1. US Food and Drug Administration. FDA report on the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors in fast food and full service restaurants. FDA. 2018. Accessed June 2 2021