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Food Handling Courses

 Ever gone home after a good meal to realize the experience isn’t over? In the hospitality industry, giving a little extra is always appreciated, except when it isn’t. Anyone in the chain of handling food can cause things to go wrong, but as cooks and servers know, the brunt of customers’ wrath is not always evenly distributed. Food handling courses will teach you proper preparation and serving techniques. Listeria and E. coli are no laughing matter and something as small as not washing hands properly can cause an outbreak of food poisoning to break out at the workplace. Food safety is about more than not washing hands though. Enrolling in a food handling course can help make your customers experience memorable—in the right way.

Food poisoning is serious. It affects up to 5.4 million Australians annually, the NSW Food Authority has found.  Outbreaks can be caused by bacteria such as salmonella, E.Coli or listeria, viruses such as Norovirus, or a toxin caused by staphylococcus. These bugs are spread mainly through food, but can also be passed through hand-to-hand contact or via contaminated surfaces. Even those who don’t look sick can be carriers and pass it along. While many people only react with a stomachache or a night praying to the porcelain altar, for more vulnerable people like children or pregnant women, it can mean a stay in the hospital or worse. In certain industries over a number of states, it is mandatory for all licensed food venues to hold a food safety supervisors certificate, which consists of a level 1 food handling course, and a level 2, food safety supervisor course.

Food handling courses can teach you how to be alert and proactive in preventing food poisoning. There are basics that anyone in the food services industry needs to know. Such as, food poisoning can be caused by not preparing food properly, like cooking meat thoroughly, not storing food properly, people who are sick or haven’t washed their hands properly handling food, using expired food, and through other means. Some of the highest risk foods for food poisoning are meats, cooked rice and pasta not kept at the proper temperature, seafood, salads such as coleslaw and pasta salad, and unpasteurized dairy products. 

Here at Food Safety Today we have trained over 50,000 people since 1999. All of our food handling courses are available online, by correspondence or on site for groups, to meet any person or organization’s needs. Our training is easy to understand and economical, and is an investment in your career or business.  We have two levels of food handling courses available: level 1 is for those in food retail outlets who work under supervision and teaches safe food handling; level 2 builds on the skills learned previously and those who finish it are qualified to be food supervisors.

Food handling courses help protect customers and you from the worry of food poisoning. Employees and owners can rest assured that they have the knowledge needed to give good customer service, and customers can rest assured that there won’t be a little something extra in their eggs. Everyone stays crisp and benefits.