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Hygiene Food Safety
Newsletter January 2020

HygieneFoodSafety wishes you a fantastic 2020! In preparation for the new year, we have included articles on how to start 2020 in the right foot. 

Why Is Food Hygiene Important?

Food Hygiene, otherwise known as Food Safety can be defined as handling, preparing and storing food or drink in a way that best reduces the risk of consumers becoming sick from the food-borne disease. The principles of food safety aim to prevent food from becoming contaminated and causing food poisoning.

With this in mind, ensuring that food is safe for human consumption is likely the most critical part of the food preparation process. This ranges from what is called farm to fork, meaning from the farms all the way to your plate. 
 

This means that food hygiene is important at home as well as in the restaurant, retail store or food factory.

There has become an ever-increasing awareness of food safety by the general public and news agencies are reporting on food recalls and outbreaks much more often.

Reviewing the available statistics, The CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a food-borne illness, 128,000 are hospitalised, and 3,000 die from food poisoning.

Food hygiene is important for the following reasons:

  1. If food or drink is not safe to eat, you cannot eat or drink. The easiest example of this is safe drinking water. We would never drink water that did not come from a reputable source. The very same principle applies to food.
  2. Every day, people worldwide get sick from the food or drink they consume. Bacteria, viruses and parasites found in food can cause food poisoning.
  3. There is no immediate way of telling if food is contaminated because you cannot see, taste or smell anything different from the norm.
  4. Food poisoning can lead to gastroenteritis and dehydration or potentially even more serious health problems such as kidney failure and death.
  5. This risk is especially significant for those in the high-risk categorySmall children/ babies, pregnant moms, the elderly and immunocompromised, especially HIV infections and cancer patients.
  6. Food hygiene and safety prevent germs from multiplying in foods and reaching dangerous levels.
  7. Ensures daily healthy family living.
  8. Keeping one healthy and preventing the additional cost of buying medication and medical check-ups. This is especially important is business. Companies worldwide loss Billions of Dollars per year due to staff downtime.
  9. Hand washing accounts from 33% of all related food poisoning cases. It is therefore important to maintain good personal hygiene practice. This is something we are taught early in our childhood, yet hand washing is still a critical problem in the kitchen

Cross-contamination is a major cause of food poisoning and can transfer bacteria from one food to another (usually raw foods to ready to eat foods).

It is crucial to be aware of how it spreads so you will know how to prevent it. Good food hygiene is therefore essential for food factories to make and sell food that is safe to eat. The first step is for the management and staff to have the knowledge and understand of what food hygiene and food safety is.

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Why you need to understand the food safety pillars

The food safety pillars are the key elements in preventing food poisoning in the kitchen environment. Without these pillars, no foundation for safe food can be built.
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Understanding Bacteria 

Before we can understand how bacteria affect your food, we need to define the term: what are bacteria?
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How To Implement Food Safety

Building a food safety system from the ground up is a very difficult thing to do.

However, it can be done!

Here are our tips on getting started.

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The best way to get 2020 started the right way is to go through food safety training. See our offerings below: 

Food Safety For The Kitchen Online Course
Food Safety For The Kitchen Online Course
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Food Safety for the Kitchen eBook
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The Food Safety for the Kitchen Online Course

The Food Safety for the Kitchen Online Course is designed to offer understanding and insight into the requirements of kitchen hygiene and food safety in order to assist you in preventing the risk of causing food poisoning.

Course Information

The Food Safety for the Kitchen Online course includes :

  • All food safety procedures
  • Food Safety legal requirements
  • Microbiological best practice
  • All critical and most major non-conformances will be explained.
  • Tips on how to comply with requirements.
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