Author - Samira Ali

August 2016: We Changed Food Handler Certification Forever

Throughout the years as a Public Health Inspector, I have been instructing food handler training and certification courses and I’ve noticed two things: Many clients would have to take a day off work, usually without pay. They commuted hours to attend the session. I was amazed at the demand and need for the course, what astonished me even more… this was the norm! It was common (and expected) for clients to do this in order to get their food handler certificate! As I [...]

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Online Food Safety Training – “How do I choose the right course?”

Most food handlers and food safety professionals can almost all agree that the in-class food safety training and certification can be long, boring, and inconvenient. This is why people have decided to search for new options of becoming certified – ONLINE. Now the question remains “How do I choose the right course?” DO NOT CONSIDER COST AS YOUR MAIN DECISION FACTOR Have you ever heard the expression “ You get what you pay for”?  When choosing an online course provider it is [...]

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2017 Has Been a Busy Year in Food Safety

2017 has been a busy year in food safety. The principal federal agency with regards to food safety is the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The CFIA is responsible for inspecting and regulating federally registered food production facilities. CFIA also issues food recalls and removal of products from shelves. The CFIA classifies recalls based on the level of health risk associated with the food product being recalled. In 2017 alone the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued 155 recalls and [...]

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Importance of Food Handler Training

Why is food safety important? That is a question you might not hear often. Depending who is being asked you might get different response. A stay at home mother might tell you “because I don’t want my kids or husband to get sick”. A food manger might tell you “because not taking care of food safety in a business environment can harm the reputation of the business”. Whatever the scenario may be, one thing is for sure, knowing about food safety [...]

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Food Handler Behaviour – Clean Hands

The final blog in this series of food handler behaviour relates to clean hands. Food handlers should constantly be aware of their hand hygiene. Food handlers can prevent bacteria and other contaminates from building up beneath their nails by keeping nails clean, trim and avoiding wearing fake nails and nail polish. Additionally, jewelry that is on the hands and wrists should also be removed to allow effective hand washing. It is important to know that nothing substitutes handwashing when handling [...]

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Food Handler Behavior – Don’t Snack While Working With Food

The third blog in this series is about snacking while handling food. Food handlers should eat in an approved designated break room. Snacking while handling food can trigger allergic reactions. Think about it, if a food handler is snacking on almonds while preparing a garden salad. Trace amounts of the almond remains on their hands. Although the garden salad doesn’t contain nuts as an actual ingredient, it would be enough to trigger an allergic reaction to the person consuming it [...]

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Food Handler Behavior – Be Mindful of Bad Habits

The second blog in this series is about bad habits. Have you ever heard the expression “bad habits, die hard”? Well, its true! Bad habits can take several days, months or years to completely rid your self from them. However, when working with food these habits can results in serious illnesses. It is important to being mindful of bad habits when working with food such as: Playing/twirling hair Biting nails Snacking while working with food Touching around the face Improper handwashing/lack of handwashing There are many [...]

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Temperature Danger Zone

When handling food it is important that we recognize that unsafe food will not always appear as unsafe. Pathogenic micro-organisms will not provide a smell, a taste or colour. They are invisible and the only way to protect ourselves from them is by taking extra precautions when handling food. By ensuring food does not stay in the temperature danger zone for over 2 hours is a great way to ensure pathogenic bacteria does not reproduce to unsafe levels. The [...]

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Is raw cookie dough one of your guilty pleasures? Beware flour recall

Is raw cookie dough one of your guilty pleasures? Do the kids love to lick the cake batter from the bowl and mixing spoons? Well you may want to re-consider giving in to these sweet temptations because of e.coli contamination!   The CFIA has issued a recall first on Robin Hood flour, however it has spread to other brands. The main concern with the recall is the consumption of the flour in its raw/uncooked state. As well as the spread of [...]

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Benefits of Food Handler Certification

Food handler certification is a great way to guarantee your customers get the best food possible. There are many benefits for the employee and the employer. We all know that being part of a food borne illness outbreak can have multiple negative outcomes. The best and most effective way in preventing food borne illness is by getting the proper knowledge to serve safe food.  Food handler certification is required in multiple provinces across the country. A few benefits of the food [...]

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