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Re: The Galley - Must Haves, Don't Needs & Wish List

No better source than the USDA. Thats scientific enough for me.

Note while it says you can use both, It also says that non porus surfaces are easier to clean than wood. In a boat environment that also holds true.

As a certified Serv Safe instructor and a Federal HACCP instructor, the guidelines in the Serv Safe book ( which I am sure you use when teaching your students in the Culinary College) is very specific. Does The Health Department in Anne Arundel County allow wooden cutting boards? In Montgomery , PG, DC. Pennsylvania, and New Jersey where if have worked they are not permitted. they are not permitted.

Another reason wood is not perferrable is that because of it porous nature it is more likely to hold moisture and water than plastic. Wood cutting boards never really dry as the water gets imbedded in them. As you are aware moisture is one of the critical components for microbiological growth.

Bot types of cutting boards sgould be discarded when there are knife scars as stated by the USDA. The reason is obvious as they become a place to harbor food scarps. So tell me how old the board is in your boat. If you want to keep the nice decorative look for 30 years it should not be used for cutting. Another reaosn for not using wood is that quite often the boards have seems which are glued together. Over time the wood sweels ( because it is poris) and these seems open up and allow cracks for the food to get trapped in.

While most of this is ultra safety, it doesnt mean its not applicable. In our industry the days of the wooden cutting boards have vanished just like the wooden handled knoves have.

Cutting Boards and Food Safety

Which is better, wooden or plastic cutting boards? Consumers may choose either wood or a nonporous surface cutting board such as plastic, marble, glass, or pyroceramic. Nonporous surfaces are easier to clean than wood.
Cutting Boards and Food Safety

Here is an example from the University of Missouri

Plastic cutting boards have the seal of approval from research scientists. According to studies, wood cutting boards were more likely to retain bacteria than plastic cutting boards, even after a thorough scrubbing with a cleanser. Bacteria can be absorbed into the pores of wooden cutting boards. Contrary to earlier studies, the bacteria didn’t die in these wooden boards. About 75% of the bacteria lay dormant where they could
potentially contaminate other foods placed on the board.

Plastic vs. Wood Cutting Boards

Wood Vs. Plastic Cutting Boards - Are Wooden Cutting Boards Better Than Plastic?

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