GREENSBORO, NC -- Sometimes our Restaurant Report Card Lessons are a no-brainer.
It probably wouldn't surprise you to know raw chicken stored in a 'thank you bag' is a health code violation. But there's a scientific reason why. Chef Keith Gardiner from GTCC explains.
"They're out in the air and a lot of times they're on the racks sitting there so they could be getting dust."
But Keith says people's hands are a bigger concern. "The 'thank you bags' are usually by the cash register, so it's a person that's handling money that opening the bag and putting stuff in it and could be cross contamination."
But the biggest problem? "The bag itself. I would be concerned with that if it is food grade material. It's not made to be in contact with food."
Keith says "Plastic wrap says food surface film. It's food grade plastic. It's made to come in contact with food so you should always use that. The plastic in the thank you bags is a different type of plastic. You want to use things for the purpose they are intended."
Food grade plastic is more pure than plastics used for non-food packaging.