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What is Food Safety ?

When we think about our health and safety, diet is one of the first aspects that comes to mind. In order to eat healthy, we have to recognize nutritious food. More importantly, food safety is an issue that can be the difference between life and death in some cases. With Yushmakam let us discuss about nutrition, food safety and more...

In every step of food preparation, follow the four steps of the Food Safe Families campaign to keep food safe...

  • Clean — Wash hands and surfaces often.
  • Separate — don’t cross-contaminate.
  • Cook — Cook to the right temperature.
  • Chill — refrigerate promptly.

Basics for Handling Food Safely…

Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential to prevent foodborne illness. You can’t see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. In every step of food preparation, follow the four steps of the Food Safe Families campaign to keep food safe. Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne illness. The occurrence of two or more cases of a similar illnesses resulting from the ingestion of a common food is known as a Food-borne disease outbreak. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potential health hazards. In this way food safety often overlaps with food defense to prevent harm to consumers. The tracks within this line of thought are safety between industry and the market and then between the market and the consumer. In considering industry to market practices, food safety considerations include the origins of food including the practices relating to food labeling, food hygiene, food additives and pesticide residues, as well as policies on biotechnology and food and guidelines for the management of governmental import and export inspection and certification systems for foods. In considering market to consumer practices, the usual thought is that food ought to be safe in the market and the concern is safe delivery and preparation of the food for the consumer.

Food can transmit pathogens which can result in the illness or death of the person or other animals. The main mediums are bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungus(which is Latin for mushroom). It can also serve as a growth and reproductive medium for pathogens. In developed countries there are intricate standards for food preparation, whereas in lesser developed countries there are less standards and enforcement of those standards. Another main issue is simply the availability of adequate safe water, which is usually a critical item in the spreading of diseases. In theory, food poisoning is 100% preventable. However this cannot be achieved due to the number of persons involved in the supply chain, as well as the fact that pathogens can be introduced into foods no matter how many precautions are taken.

ISO 22000

ISO 22000 is a standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization dealing with food safety. This is a general derivative of ISO 9000. ISO 22000 standard: The ISO 22000international standard specifies the requirements for a food safety management system that involves interactive communication, system management, prerequisite programs, and HACCP principles. ISO 22000 was first published in 2005. It is the culmination of all previous attempts from many sources and areas of food safety concern to provide an end product that is safe as possible from pathogens and other contaminants. Every 5 years standards are reviewed to determine whether a revision is necessary, to ensure that the standards remain as relevant and useful to businesses as possible.

Why is food safety education and training important?

If food safety is neglected, the risk of food contamination increases, which can cause food borne illness outbreaks. Food borne illnesses can critically damage a company’s reputation and result in criminal negligence, loss of sales/profits, scathing media coverage and even bankruptcy.Food safety education and training is a win-win situation, protecting both the guests and the company.

As you have seen so far, there has been an evolution of food safety standards and consumers (as well as companies) need tobe aware of them. We, at Yushmakam offer comprehensive training around food safety, standards,certifications, HACCP, etc. Whether you are exploring a career in food auditing or planning to get required safety certifications for your organization or want to understand various aspects, etc. this course might interest you.