Consumers of the 21st century have become more demanding in regard to healthy and safe food putting pressure on food producing and handling companies. Proper hygiene is very important when it comes to food preparation. Without washing hands and kitchen tools, diseases may easily spread. In some places in South Africa, this crucial matter is not always known and is unfortunately taken lightly.
Since cross-contamination is a major cause of food poisoning and can transfer bacteria from one food item to other foods, it is crucial to be aware of how it spreads so you will know how to prevent it.Good food hygiene is therefore essential for a food producers to make and sell food that is safe to eat. The first step is for the management and staff to have knowledge and understand of what food hygiene and food safety is.
The food chain starts from farm to folk/plate. Through the chain, it is imperative to make sure that food produced is not contaminated with any potential harmful bacteria, chemicals and toxins from production, transportation, preparation and consumption. All food handlers along the production chain, from producer to consumer, must observe safe food handling practices. With that said, it is important for food handlers in the food industry to receive food safety and food hygiene awareness training throughout the value chain. For the staff to implement procedures and systems such as GMP and HACCP, they need training as this will reduce or prevent food borne illness related deaths.
Whichever type of system is in place within a business, the most important aspect of its success is that the team involved are sufficiently trained and competent to implement and maintain it; and that management are fully equipped to monitor effectively and consistently. By ensuring food handlers are trained from the first level in a reputable food safety qualification, this helps businesses meet their legal obligation to ensure staff are trained to a level commensurate with their job roles. Other benefits of practicing proper food hygiene would include to reduce the risk of food poisoning among their customers and protect the business's reputation.
This article was written by Christine Rammutla, Entecom Limpopo franchisee.
Entecom Limpopo contact details: 082 849 3502.
Various food safety training courses (accredited skills programmes & customised workshops) offered in Limpopo area: Areas include Polokwane, Phalaborwa, Letaba, Tzaneen, Musina, Bela-Bela & Lephalale & Thabazimbi. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.