Food Safety on the Holidays

When holiday time rolls around, there are more cooks in the kitchen than usual, and while it’s great to spend time with family and friends, this also creates more opportunity for foodborne illnesses to be spread, either through cross-contamination or uncooked food, or someone ‘forgetting’ to wash their hands after using the washroom.

One way to help decrease the chances of contracting a holiday bug is to keep hand sanitizer on every counter, and encourage its use. Assign certain jobs to certain people to help keep the salad cook from ‘helping’ the turkey stuffer.

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Food Safety at Weddings and Other Large Functions

There are often reports in the news about guests becoming ill after attending large functions such as weddings. The very nature of these functions is a breeding ground for the growth of bacteria because often foods are left at room temperature for longer than they safely should be.

Food safety at weddings and other large functions is left up to the caterer to follow proper methods to ensure that food does not spoil prior to eating. Because many large functions occur outdoors and in the warm weather, the chances of food spoiling quickly increases.

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Food Safety and Schools Lunches

Some schools provide lunches for students, and it is always hoped that proper food safety handling methods are being used to ensure the safety of the food being served to your children.

Many parents still prefer to pack their children’s lunch so that they know what their children are eating for lunch, and that the food is safe and healthy. There are many steps you can take to ensure that the lunch you send your children to school with is fresh and safe to eat by the time the lunch bell rings.
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Food Safety in Natural Disasters

Natural disasters come in many forms and can affect the safety of your food supply in a multitude of ways so it is important to be aware of food safety measures to follow during or in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Whether it is a flood, hurricane, tornado, long power outage, or fire, you need to know the proper ways to prevent foodborne illnesses from making you or your loved ones sick.

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TABC and Food Handlers in Texas

Texas regards public health and safety as an important aspect of society, which is the reason they require Texas food handlers and those selling and serving alcohol to obtain licenses to work in these industries.

The TABC and food handlers in Texas often overlap in their roles, and many employees are required to obtain licenses from both the TABC and health departments within the state to carry out their roles in their employment.

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Tips for Food Safety

For those working in the food service industry, food safety practices are part of every shift. In order to ensure that proper food safety procedures are followed, it can be helpful to remember tips and/or even post them at work stations to help remind employees during hectic times in the kitchen or workplace.

1. Use different cutting boards for different foods, such as raw chicken, fish, fruit and vegetables, cheese etc.

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Taking The Test To Obtain The Food Handler’s Card

Obtaining your food handler’s card is a requirement for employment in the food services industries. Once you’ve undergone the required training, whether in class, online or as part of training on the job, it’s time to get your card and get working!

For food handlers, taking the test to obtain the food handler’s card is a fairly simple process. It can be taken online or in person and once completed, you’re on your way to legally working in all types of food preparation and food services. Continue reading

Studying for the Food Handler Certification Texas Agencies Require

When just starting out in a food service job, you don’t necessarily require the food handler certification Texas health departments expect you to have, but you will need to obtain it within a specified time frame. You will need to study and take the exam for the license. Those new to the business can learn while on the job, but the person in charge of the food service training area must have the food handler certification that the Texas State Department of Health Services issues. Continue reading