If you dream of working in the food industry, there’s a world of opportunity that awaits. Whether you want to open your own place, or work in the bustling kitchen of an established restaurant, a career in the food industry can be a lot of fun. However, to access these careers you need to have passed the food handler exam and obtained your certification. There’s an important reason for this: food handling practices can have a big impact on the safety of the foods we consume. An item that has been improperly stored, left at the incorrect temperature, or handled.. READ MORE »
Mastering the dos and don’ts of safe food storage is a must for those with a food handling certificate. Learn the secrets behind storing foods safely.
That dangerous chemicals are sometimes present in food is not a secret, but consumers—and even health professionals—may not be aware of some of the surprising places these chemicals can come from. Even small amounts of some chemicals can have detrimental effects to the health of those who consume them. For that reason, the elimination of these kinds of compounds is an important task for the upcoming generation of food safety professionals. Curious about where these hidden chemicals come from, and what kinds of effects they can have on those people who accidentally consume them? Here’s what you need to know… READ MORE »
Listeriosis is a bacterial infection that can be contracted when an individual consumes contaminated food or water. Every year, about 134 cases of invasive listeriosis are reported in Canada. It’s extremely important that food safety professionals help prevent the spread of listeria, as one contaminated food manufacturing plant could cause an outbreak across a province or even the entire country. As you’ll soon learn in your food safety program, there are many ways that you can work to prevent a listeriosis outbreak. Get a head start on your training by reading about some key facts on listeriosis. 1. Listeria Bacteria.. READ MORE »
Currently, the trading relationship between Canada and the United States is the largest in the world. In 2014 alone there were $26.2 billion in agriculture and agri-food products imported to Canada from the U.S. This massive amount of trade requires similar food inspection standards and systems to ensure the safety of citizens on either side of the border. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed an agreement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada, which confirms that food safety standards and systems in both countries are comparable, leading to the facilitation of trade, enhanced cooperation,.. READ MORE »
A food handling certificate is important for a career as a food plant and operations manager, a quality assurance manager, a chef, or any other role in a restaurant team. When working in a restaurant, your food handling certificate will give you the right knowledge to ensure that food is handled and prepared safely so that your restaurant passes its food inspection. The exact rules for food safety differ across Canada and can be handled by provincial governments, municipalities or regional health authorities. Toronto, for example, uses its own DineSafe regulation which adheres to both Ontario’s food safety regulations and.. READ MORE »
Knowing how to safely handle, store, and prepare foods is an important part of working in the food industry. By implementing proper safety procedures, you’ll be able to keep foods safe and prevent the spread of potentially harmful viruses, bacteria, prions, and other pathogens. These harmful pathogens can sometimes enter the food supply when proper safety procedures aren’t closely followed. While they can appear in everything from fresh leafy greens to fresh fruits, they are more likely to grow in foods that are rich in protein and moisture like dairy, eggs, and meats. Fortunately, you’ll quickly learn how to keep.. READ MORE »
Make the most of your summer with these tips for safely grilling your favorite summer foods!