The photo below is of an in-use chopper’s face-plate that was observed during a recent food service inspection performed by one of our inspectors.
Her account follows:
The employee told me the piece didn’t come off, so I showed him the wing nuts and he pried it apart with a spatula. The manager saw the photo and decided they needed a new one
because of the broken corner. The employee thoroughly cleaned the piece before reattaching it to the chopper.
– Jen Birdsong, EHS3
It is important that meat slicers, choppers, and all equipment with removable parts be taken apart for thorough cleaning to minimize the possibility of cross contamination. The FDA has more information, along with a poster (available in English and Spanish), for your use at the following link: