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Food Handling Certificate Training As It Pertains to the Care and Feeding of Little Humans

If you have seen a movie theatre or a food court after a busy day, you know that humans can be very messy creatures. If you have seen a preschool or kindergarten classroom anytime during its hours of operation, you know that little humans can be just as messy asif not messier thanbig humans. Should you happen to be a caretaker or teacher for little humans, you are well familiar with the ups and downs the position can bring. One of the most common and familiar forms of the down part comes when one or more of the little humans gets sick, and then suddenly the children’s playroom becomes a playroom for bacteria and viruses, often to the point where you can almost see the miniature carnival rides these bacteria and viruses ride in and out through noses, mouths and ears, ever so helpfully spread by small, dirtied fingers. If your work environment requires that you occasionally feed the little humans, it is in your best interest to get a food handling certificate so that you are wise in the ways of keeping flu bug circuses from going on world tours.

 

Any staff employed in the care and feeding of little humans should have training for a food handling certificate from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in accordance with the Food Safety Standards for child care  services developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Cold foods should be kept below 5°C, and hot foods should be kept above 60°C; anything in between is considered the "temperature danger zone" in which bacteria growth is most likely to occur in "high risk" foodsdairy, eggs, meat and poultryand cause food poisoning. Little humans get sick readily enough from illnesses they pass between them without spoiled food helping illness along.

 

Food handling certificate training dictates that these are the easiest ways in which to prevent food poisoning:

 

1)      Clean and sanitise food preparation areas and tableware before and after each use, and ensure rubbish is properly disposed of.

2)      Keep raw foods separate from cooked and ready-to-eat foods.

3)      Ensure you comply with FSANZ standards for freezing, cooling and thawing food.

4)      Store foods in clean containers made of non-toxic material that is sturdy enough for the storage.

5)      Thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables in clean water.

6)      Use different cutting boards and implements for raw, cooked and ready-to-eat foods; if this is not possible, thoroughly wash each board and implement in hot soapy water and sanitise between uses. This is exceptionally important if raw meat and poultry items are involved.

7)      Serve cooked and ready-to-eat foods with clean, sanitised utensils.

8)      Use clean, disposable gloves and change them frequently, especially when dealing with raw meat and poultry.

9)      Canned foods, once opened, should be stored in clean, sealed containers.

10)   Do not store any foods alongside cleaning chemicals or equipment. Chlorine is not a valid condiment.

11)   WASH YOUR HANDS. A lot. Gloves or not. Gloves are NOT a substitute for hand washing.

12)   If you are ill in any way, do not handle food. Period.

 

Teaching the little humans proper hygiene early on will save everyone a great deal of grief in the future. Impress upon them the need for washing their hands before eating or helping to prepare food, as well as sitting down before eating so as to reduce the risk of choking. Also encourage them not to share utensils or food with other children, as this would give the flu circus a free pass to new noses. Your food handling certificate training also requires that any tableware you use is in good condition; that is, it’s not chipped, cracked or broken and certainly not dirty. You would not use tableware in poor shape when serving esteemed guests, and these little humans are indeed your guests for a time. Giving them broken glasses is not only unsafe, it is just plain rude.

 

Having food handling certificate training will ensure you are doing your part in keeping the little humans as safe as possible from food-borne illnesses in your workplace and minimising the spread of anything that comes in the door with them to their play environment. Now, when one of them comes in dressed up as a plush flu virus, however, that may be beyond your control.