Catering to a Healthy Appetite – Ensuring Food Safety to Avoid Food-Related Illnesses, or Worse…

#Food Safety #Foodborne Illness

Janine Ordman

Foodborne Illnesses

Eating – It’s one of the fundamental requirements for sustaining life, as well as one of the most pleasurable ones; therein lies the importance of ensuring that what we ingest adheres to stringent health and safety criteria to avoid illness, and in the worst cases, food-related deaths. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that, in the United States, approximately 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases each year. They further indicate Salmonella as the number one cause of foodborne hospitalization (in 35% of cases) and death (in 28% of cases), while the Norovirus is the number one pathogen responsible for domestically acquired foodborne illnesses (in 58% of cases).

Notwithstanding the seriousness of the resultant personal discomfort or threat to wellbeing (or loss of life), foodborne illnesses could result in costly lawsuits against food manufacturers or outlets. Research indicates that data on the number of consumers seeking compensation for damages for ingesting contaminated foods is limited, particularly in instances settled out of court; however, the risk of a lawsuit and the resulting court-awarded compensation may serve as a major economic incentive to ensure safer production and handling of food prior to reaching consumers.

Food Safety

In the process of ensuring food safety, those in the business of manufacturing or selling food to consumers have to ensure:

–  the maintenance of a sanitary workplace, including all surfaces and individuals that come into contact with the food prior to being consumed;

–  the proper storage of different foodstuffs, including the identification of safe storage times for refrigerated, frozen, canned, and packaged dry food;

– that food is stored, prepared and served at safe temperatures;

– that they have a solid understanding of the risks and causes of foodborne illnesses and their potential effects on customers and on their business.

It is often a lack of appropriate education that leads to serious consequences for both the consumer and the food manufacturer/distributor. To the end of delivering food safety education to employees in relevant industries, we have compiled a list of top-notch courses that each takes no more than 30 minutes to complete, that will limit the likelihood of compromising food products, and, as a consequence, safeguard the health of consumers:

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