This article explains who needs to take food safety training courses and why it’s necessary.
It’s a scenario that has probably happened to everyone at some point in time. A friend invites you over for dinner. You eat, perhaps drink, and in general become merry. After a while of so-called merriment you say your goodbyes, thank your friend for a great dinner, and head home. After a few minutes your stomach starts doing more flips that a Cirque Du Soleil acrobat. You feel feverish, and you know it’s not the flu or even the drinks you may have had. You frantically try to unlock your front door, and when it opens you rush to the toilet. The culprit? Food poisoning. Chances are pretty good your friend has not taken a food safety training course.
Of course a person doesn’t have to take food safety training to order to cook in his or her own home. Had your friend taken this course he or she would be able to get the permit to cook, prepare, and serve food to the public in a variety of settings. The training might seem like a bit of a hassle to many people, but there’s good reasoning behind it. While most of us have gotten the odd bit of food poisoning and gotten better, there are many sectors of the public where improper handling of food can lead to serious and even fatal consequences. When it comes to health and safety, the Australian government has erred on the side of caution, for good reason, and has made food safety training a requirement.
Food safety training can be broken down into three categories. The first category involves the retail and hospitality industry. Restaurants, cafes, hotels, schools and after-school food programs, as well as retail outlets that handle or serve food are all covered under this category. The second category is food processing. This involves businesses involved in the processing or manufacturing of food such as canneries, breweries, and wineries. The last category is the health and community service category, which involves childcare, meals on wheels, nursing homes, and the hostel industry.
One might wonder why he or she needs to take a food safety training course (aside from the fact that it is legally required by the government). Can’t you just pick up some cookbook and read through that to find out how to handle food safely? Couldn’t you just phone your friends and ask what temperature they normally cook their chicken to? Sure you could, but that wouldn’t mean that you would really know food safety. After all, would you trust your car to someone who flipped through Popular Mechanics and decided that he or she had the knowledge to repair a vehicle? Most likely you would not.
Taking food safety training courses ensures that you have the proper skills for food safety. The course can be taken online, through correspondence, or in a group setting. After you have passed the course, you will be able to put your knowledge about food safety to use in an immediate and practical way. It allows you to work in a food-related industry in a safe and knowledgeable manner.