Importance of Food Safety Education and Training

CookingFood Safety Education and Training is essential to raising awareness about foodborne diseases and how deadly pathogen spreads.

Food establishments are responsible for keeping and handling food safe for their customers and food handler safety is of paramount importance to businesses of any size which handle food.

Food handler safety does not only affect the sales and continued patronage of an establishment, but also public safety. Moreover, about 72% of businesses indicate they would be more likely to hire food safety trained handlers and 50% willing to pay higher wages to those trained.

Source: Journal of Extension – V41.1 – Employees and Food Safety: Is Training Important to Food Service Managers

  • Food safety and sanitation are integral to operating a successful food service. The safety of our food supply is a responsibility shared by producers, sellers, managers and handlers.
  • Food safety training does not only affect the sales and continued patronage of your establishment, but also public safety.
  • Businesses are more likely to hire food safety trained handlers and are willing to pay higher wages to those trained.
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that because of foodborne illness 76 million people fall ill, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 Americans die annually. Because of these alarming statistics, many states require certification of food managers which may include a food safety exam.
  • With many retailers requiring food safety certification, you will increase your ability to gain entry into wholesale and retail markets.
  • Being proactive and having a food safety plan in place along with proper documentation is recognized as a wise business practice.
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Food Safety Myths

Use these common food safety myths and old wive’s tales to counter in creating an environment free of foodborne illnesses.MYTH: Bleach is the magic potion against bacteria. It kills just about everything. The more I use to clean my kitchen and bathroom, the safer my family and I feel.

TRUTH: Despite the persuassive television commercials for bleach, using more than necessary does not provide any extra advantage. It is a chemical so be cautious when using it around animals and people, especially young children. Also, do not mix bleach with other chemicals to make it “stronger.”

MYTH: The best way to determine if food has spoiled is to smell it. A sour or foul odor is the best alarm system to food poisoning.

TRUTH: Food smells do not alert you to food contamination. Bacteria that causes foodborne infections do not affect the taste, smell or appearance of the food. Try the FDA FoodKeeper, an online tool that provides guidance on helps food and beverages storage. This free mobile application was developed by the federal government and is available for Apple and Android devices.

MYTH:  The best way to clean fruits and vegetables is to use warm soapy water to remove all the dirt and grime from all the handling they go through before arriving at the grocery store.

TRUTH: The best way to remove dirt and bacteria from produce is to wash it with clean running water.

Food Safety Videos: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

Food Safety “Clean” Video

 

Food Safety “Separate” Video

 

Food Safety “Cook” Video

 

Food Safety “Chill” Video