Food Safety for Food Handlers
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Food Safety for Food Handlers

Learn about the types of contamination and what causes them, as well as CDC and USDA guidelines for food safety.

Maestro
Updated Jun 20, 2024

What you'll learn

  • Recognize the importance of food safety practices
  • Identify the 3 types of contamination: biological, physical, and chemical contamination
  • Understand the difference between cross-contamination and cross-contact
  • Know the 4 simple steps to food safety: clean, separate, cook, and chill
  • Recognize the importance of personal hygiene practices as they relate to food safety
  • Understand the foundations of temperature control and apply best practices
Course Description

Foodborne illnesses impact millions of Americans each year, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. In addition, serious allergic reactions to food send 30,000 Americans to the emergency room each year. These incidents are largely preventable using proper food preparation and handling methods, which limit the transfer of germs and allergens between foods.

In this self-directed course, you’ll learn about the different types of contamination and what causes them, as well as CDC and USDA guidelines for food safety. Understand how to handle food using the best practices for storage and preparation through illustrations, interspersed learning checks, and a 10-question assessment.

This course includes some information about food allergies. For more on that topic, check out Maestro's course called "Allergy Awareness."