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Providing Safe Food

Topic 01

What is an outbreak that has occured when two or more people experience the same illness after eating the same food? A foodborne-illness.
Loss of customer and sales, loss of prestige and reputation, lawsuits resulting in legal fees, increased insurance premiums, lowered employee, employee absenteeism, need for retraining employees, and embarrassment are all costs of what? A foodborne Illness occuring from your business.
What populations are at high risk for a foodborne illness? Infants and preschool-age children, pregnant women, elderly people, people taking certain medications, people who are seriously ill.
What are biological Hazards? Bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and toxins.
What are Chemical Hazards? Pesticides, food additives, cleaning supplies, and toxic metals.
What are Physical Hazards? Hair, dirt, and metal staples.
How does food become unsafe? Time-Temperature Abuse, Cross-Contamination, and Poor Personal Hygiene.
What is Time-Temperature Abuse? Any time it has been allowed to remain too long at temperatures favorable to the growth of foodborne microorganisms.
What is Cross Contamination? Microorganisms are transferred from one food or surface to another.