Most foodborne illness can be prevented. Awareness of foodborne illness and food safety in general has increased in the last 20 years for a simple reason: notorious and widely reported incidents have created awareness and concern. Statistics reflect an increase in actual numbers, with the CDC reporting 43 million cases of foodborne illness each year in the United States. Most outbreaks occur as a result of food mishandling in food establishments or homes. Anyone responsible for handling food must be educated on the “rules and tools” for food safety that equip food handlers to safeguard the quality and safety of the food they serve and prevent foodborne illness.
The goal of this course is to provide the “rules and tools” for food safety to equip food handlers to safeguard the quality and safety of the food they serve. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Name the three most common causes of foodborne illness
- List the temperatures necessary to promote food safety
- Name the four acceptable ways to thaw food
- Outline the necessary steps for handling leftovers
- Describe HACCP and its application to food safety systems
- Identify critical control points in recipe production
- Explain the basic processes of bacterial growth and its control
- Describe the most effective way of preventing the spread of hepatitis
- Identify examples of cross contamination in a food service system and outline methods of prevention
- Demonstrate effective methods of hand washing
- Discuss the pros and cons of the use of gloves in food safety
- Identify the major regulatory agencies in the United States responsible for food safety
- Develop basic lesson plans for sharing information on food safety topics
- Outline the basic criteria needed for sanitizing food contact surfaces
- Identify biological, chemical and physical dangers in a food system
- Identify acceptable standards when receiving food
- Maintain safe food handling standards throughout the flow of food
- Define a cross connection and outline its prevention
- Properly test the strength of a sanitizing solution
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This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians and health educators.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 6.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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