Hygiene and Your Restaurant

Whether it is dinner at an upscale restaurant, lunch at a cozy café, or a quick bite on the go, people enjoy going out to eat.  Everyone has their personal tastes and favorite spots, but one aspect everyone can agree on is that food poisoning is always the worst outcome.  The Canadian Public Health Association estimates that 4 million people experience food poisoning each year, though many cases go unreported.

Harmful bacteria, viruses, or parasites contaminating food is the main cause of food poisoning.  When two or more people present the same symptoms after eating in the same restaurant, it is considered an outbreak.  According to A Guide for Ontario’s Food Handlers, approximately 80% of foodborne illnesses are caused by on-site food preparation.

Hand washing is necessary to prevent cross-contamination.  Installing automatic faucets, soap dispensers, and hand dryers to all hand-washing stations and washrooms further prevents this.  Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are also recommended in restaurant kitchens and washrooms, as Purell’s 70% alcohol formula kills over 99% of bacteria in seconds.

Frequently cleaning work surfaces is just as important as hand washing.   A Guide for Ontario’s Food Handlers recommends washing each area with soap and water, and then sanitizing.  Employers must provide cleaning supplies and keep them in a convenient location for workers to access.  A wall-mounted chemical dispenser can help fulfill this requirement.

Follow these additional tips to avoid contamination by handlers:

  • Train all employees on how to properly wash their hands and when to do it. Handlers should scrub wet hands, wrists and fingernails with soap for at least 30 seconds before rinsing with warm water.
  • Make sure employees have ample time during their shifts to wash their hands frequently.
  • Provide clear hygiene standards regarding personal and hand hygiene, glove use, work attire, and sick policy to your employees. Ensure staff understand and always follow these rules.
  • Wash and sanitize equipment and surfaces after each use with proper foodservice chemicals.
  • Keep equipment and utensils separate based on the type of food they will contact.

Citron Hygiene Acquires Alpine Jan-San

Toronto, April 5th, 2017 – Citron Hygiene™ a leading provider of commercial Washroom & Foodservice Hygiene, Pest Control Solutions, as well as a broad range of Chemical and other Facility-based Products & Services announced today that it has acquired Alpine Jan-San (“Alpine”), effective March 21st, 2017.  Alpine is Alberta’s leading provider of commercial washroom hygiene services and serves a broad range of customers including leading retailers, foodservice establishments, commercial, manufacturing and industrial businesses.

Citron Hygiene President and CEO Peter Farrell states, “this acquisition supports our acquisitive corporate growth strategy and will significantly enhance our presence and density in the Alberta market on the heels of our Sani-Service acquisition completed in September 2016, our initial entry into this market.  Alpine has long been the dominant washroom hygiene service provider in that market and I am delighted that Alpine’s owners, Ray and Kim Olthof, felt that we were the right buyer for their company.”

Add Ray and Kim Olthof, “we wanted to ensure that we sold to a company that fully understood our business and would look after our employees and loyal customers in keeping with our tradition. Citron Hygiene is that company.  As the largest player in our space in Canada, Citron Hygiene has a well-established track record of delivering excellent customer service and fostering a very positive corporate culture.  We look forward to working closely with Peter’s team to ensure a smooth and seamless transition process for our customers.”

Citron Hygiene in partnership with President & CEO, Peter Farrell is a Birch Hill Equity Partners (“Birch Hill”) portfolio company.  With over $3 billion in capital under management, Birch Hill invests in leading Canadian middle-market businesses. “Acquisitions, similar to Alpine, will continue to play an important role in Citron Hygiene’s strategic plans, complementing organic growth and further enhancing our position as a market leader in commercial hygiene” says Farrell.


About Citron Hygiene

Citron Hygiene, is a leading provider of commercial Washroom & Food Service Hygiene, Pest Control Solutions, as well as a broad range of Chemical and other Facility-based Products & Services.  With over 40 years of extensive industry experience, we have offices across Canada and the United States.

Citron Hygiene is committed to Building healthy spaces™ by combining proprietary products and processes, certified and dedicated staff, and trusted, top-tier vendor-partners to deliver unparalleled, holistic health and hygiene solutions.  The design and delivery of everything we do, reflects our deep understanding of commercial facilities, our singular focus on customer needs and goals, and our abiding respect for the environment and its sustainability.