Hygiene Food Safety
Newsletter January 2019

HygieneFoodSafety wishes you a fantastic 2019! In preparation for the new year, we have included our article on Food Hygiene as a reminder of why food hygiene is so important. 

This month we also bring you the top food safety stories from 2018

Why is Food Hygiene So 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 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. Check out our article on the food production chain and the possible ways contamination can happen.

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.

At HygieneFoodSafety we promote the food safety pillars concept which covers all aspects of food hygiene and food safety.

What Are The Food Safety Pillars?

  • Cleaning & Sanitising
    • The first step in creating a food safety system is the fundamental aspect of cleaning and sanitising.
  • Personal Hygiene
    • The second pillar is probably the most important in terms of eliminating cross-contamination. Hand washing and clean hands awareness are critical to food safety.
  • Food Storage
    • The third pillar can be categorised into two areas 
      • Perishable foods (Cold storage)
      • Dry goods
  • Temperature Control
    • The fourth pillar of food safety is a fundamental principle in preventing the growth of bacteria and ensuring the quality of food is maintained.
  • Food Handling
    • The fifth and final pillar of food safety related to how food is handled during storage and preparation. Food Handling carries the greatest risk when dealing with cross-contamination.

Using the food safety pillars is an essential way to prevent food poisoning. This system can be used in any kitchen, whether at home, hotel, restaurant, food truck or food factory.

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Food Safety News From 2018

Is Food Poisoning Intentional?

Food poisoning is defined as an illness caused by consuming food or drink that has been contaminated from either biological, chemical or physical sources. Here’s the deal. 

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The Listeriosis Outbreak  

The Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the Listeriosis outbreak has drawn to close.  This, after the initial announcement of the outbreak on 5 December 2017 had resulted in 1 060 confirmed laboratory cases and the total death count of 216.
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The Traveller's Guide to Legionnaire's Disease 

In our Traveller’s guide to Legionnaires disease course :

  1. We introduce you to Legionnaires disease.
  2. We teach you about the bacteria that causes the disease.
  3. How infections happen.
  4. We teach you about the strategies to control and prevent infections...


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Need Food Safety Training? Check out our book on "Food Safety For The Kitchen" on This book covers the Bacteria Basics, The Food Safety Pillars and a bonus chapter on the Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa. Known as as the largest Outbreak in Recorded History. 
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