Friday, September 9, 2011

Importance of Food Handling Safety

Food is one of the basic needs of human being. Nowadays we can get it whenever and wherever we like it. What I meant is, we can either buy it in a store, supermarkets, food stalls, order it via phone or online. But the thing about foods bought outside or made by other people is that we don't know if they are handling it the way we think they should be. Mishandling because of lack of knowledge in proper food handling safety basics can cause food poison and other sorts of illness that can be acquired by eating food.

United States has the safest food supplies in the world market prevention of food borne diseases still remains a challenge for health sectors. USDA or the U.S. Department of Agriculture established a campaign called "Be Food Safe" in cooperation of different health and food-related organizations like CDC, Food Safety Education and FDA. This only shows how the government is concerned about Americans safety that is why they need to know and be aware of food safety.

To achieve the goal one must be equipped with the right knowledge and maintain the food handling behaviors needed. The USDA program: Be Food Safe revolves around preventing food-borne diseases by doing four easy steps. These are: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. One of the major factors discussed in the program is Cleanliness. One of the consumer's role is to see through it that the food is being handled safely after they bought it.

If food is mishandled, food-borne illnesses that people who ate it can acquire some of these diseases:


- It is not the name of the disease but it is the bacteria causing it. Most commonly identified bacterial cause of diarrhea. A bacterial pathogen that causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Campylobacter live in the intestines of birds and most raw poultry meat.


- Is caused by Salmonella. It is a bacterium that is most commonly found in the intestines of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Salmonellosis symptoms includes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps which is also the same as Campylobacter.

There are still loads of food borne illnesses that can be acquired by mishandling foods. Some of it can be caused by bacterium like E. coli O157:H7 and Norwalk-like virus called Calicivirus. But whatever the kind of virus or bacterium it is called, prevention of these illnesses is a much better option for us all.

Learn2Serve offers Online Food Handlers Certification Permit that you can print after you finished the online training. This Food Handling and Safety Certification will prepare you for your ServSafe Examinations. ServSafe is nationally recognized and accredited ANSI and CFP.
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