Today’s rigorous food safety environment requires all food item-related businesses to provide their food handlers with an up to date understanding of food safety. This will effectively enable them to minimize (if not completely eliminate) many different sorts of contamination when they handle food products.
In the long run, this will also help them to properly establish and uphold a bespoke safety system that will be tailor-made for the specific business.
One of the most effective ways to communicate such vital information is with the help of targeted food safety training courses. These courses will teach the food handlers how to apply proper storage, handling, and cleaning techniques for the food items they work with on a day to day basis. This holds particularly true if you are providing food items to the general public at large. For example, if you operate, own or manage a large restaurant or any other food processing business you can expect the following:
- you will be held to a very high standard by the local health inspection teams
- you will have to comply with all relevant federal, state, provincial and local laws and bylaws
- you may have to face legal, financial and even criminal charges in case you fail to handle your food items safely
- you might be fined (at the very least) or even forced to close down should you fail to meet the minimum food safety and/or hygiene standards of your area of business
Food Safety Training Will Protect Your Customers and Staff Members from Possible Health Risks
Proper food safety training is the best way to ensure that your customers and workers are well protected from allergic reactions, food poisoning, and other associated contamination risks. In fact, the majority of food-borne illnesses are directly caused by food handling mistakes such as poor personal hygiene and/or the contamination of food preparation surfaces and other related equipment. Moreover, they should have relevant sanitization equipment at the workplace at all times.
In order to prevent such food-borne illness and disease, your staff members should:
- Have an innate understanding of how food can easily become contaminated as well as the different types of food contamination
- They should know about the more common but hazardous (high-risk food) items
- Understand the nature and the causes of various food-borne illnesses (viruses bacteria, and other toxic substances)
- They should also know how to safely thaw, prepare, cook and ultimately serve the food products
- They should be aware of the basic rules regarding the cleaning and the sanitization of the equipment, surfaces, dishes and other utensils
- Lastly, the should understand the critical importance of personal hygiene at the workplace
This is the part where TUV Southwest comes into the picture. We have the required expertise in providing all kinds of food safety training for our valued clients.