Food safety training is an invaluable part of the service industry and much to everyone’s surprise, not everyone in a kitchen understands exactly what it takes for food to be stored and handled with the utmost safety. There are numerous facts and tricks for having a kitchen as clean as an operating room, and while it’s normal to be sick in a hospital that should never be the case in a restaurant.
For example, consider the fact that more cutting accidents occur with dull rather than sharp knives. While this fact seems to be counter-intuitive, it becomes obvious when one uses a dull knife to slice or chop. A dull knife requires more force to cut, and it’s often this application of higher pressure that causes a blade to slip out at an awkward angle, frequently toward a hand or finger. Food safety training makes sure someone is knowledgeable about how to keep kitchen staff safe (and the knives sharp) which in turn keeps customers cared for.
This is similar to telling new dishwashing staff to wash a dish, and then place it in the dishwasher. While the task seems redundant, an already washed dish leaves no place for bacteria to hide, allowing the soap and high temperature to attack germs, rather than the meat or sauce the germs are hiding under. Without someone to instruct in the tips and tricks of food safety training, several small discrepancies can lead to a surprisingly large outbreak.
In most states all restaurants are now required have a trained and registered Food Safety Supervisor who has undertaken the relevant food safety training. To ensure standards across the industry are the same, food safety training is offered by many registered training organisations. An individual who undertakes a food handling certificate can go on to complete further training and become a food safety supervisor. With more environmental health officers (food safety inspectors), restaurants and food suppliers can be more certain that their product is reaching the public safely.
When searching for a food safety training program, find a course that is recognised in the food industry and that will give you the best chance of finding employment. While the industry bends over backwards to make food preparation easy for the customer, you’ll be amazed at the work and knowledge that goes on behind the scenes, from the cupboards to the counter, from the freezer to the fridge, and the whisks to the dishwasher.
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