A blog about the many reasons it is important for food workers of any type to obtain a Food Handling Certificate before handling food in a professional capacity.
From delightful home-cooked meals to the elaborate offerings of a five-star restaurant venue, it’s pretty much a given that most people enjoy eating. We do it to stay alive, of course, but there are so many other reasons to sit down and enjoy some food or drink. It’s comforting, it’s pleasant, and it’s a bonding social activity that helps people feel closer together. Food is a part of everyone’s life, and since we’re no longer a society that requires everyone to obtain his or her own food directly from its sources in the wild, everyone will at some point have to buy food. Since we can’t see what happens to our food before we purchase it, it’s comforting to know that people who handle food, whether it’s at a restaurant, a supermarket or a care facility, should have a Food Handling Certificate in order to ensure that their handling of your food is safe and hygienic.
A Food Handling Certificate is exactly what it sounds like: a certificate that shows that the bearer is able to prepare and handle food that will be consumed by other people without contaminating it or compromising its quality. Since many foods are perishable or able to host microorganisms that are harmful to humans, professional food handling involves a great deal more care and knowledge than many people realize. Not only do food workers need to know general information about contamination and disease to make certain that they maintain their food in a safe environment, they also need to know the specific ways to handle each type of food they come in contact with. Someone with a Food Handling Certificate will know how to keep vegetables fresh, how to keep flour and grain free from parasites, and which temperatures to use to cook meat to make certain that it is safe to eat.
It’s not just restaurant workers who need to get a Food Handling Certificate, though they are the people who probably spring to mind first. Anyone who is going to be touching, handling or serving food in a professional capacity can benefit from having this certificate. People such as hospital workers and day care workers could be at risk of losing their jobs if they are accused of providing contaminated or harmful food to someone in their care. When handling food in a care facility, knowledge of potential allergies is just as vital as knowledge of food contamination, and a Food Handling Certificate can help make workers aware of how to protect people from allergens in their food.
Everyone needs to eat, and nobody should have to worry about whether or not the food being provided to them is safe for them to consume. In a world where variety really is the spice of life, knowledge and care about all different kinds of food is a must for anyone whose professional life involves food. Getting a Food Handling Certificate is a huge step in becoming the kind of person that people can trust with the food that keeps them happy and healthy every day.