Food Safety Certification in Windsor
Learning food safety is one of the major concerns of the World Health Organization (WHO). Food safety plays a very important role in preventing the spread of foodborne illness – a condition caused by ingesting contaminated food. Because human contact with food during processing is a major contributing factor to the spread of FBIs, food safety training (and often certification) is required by provinces and cities in Canada. In Windsor, you can get trained and certified at Windsor First Aid.
Windsor First Aid training focus on different concepts and skills. One of our offered programs is food safety training and certification (by far one of our most popular training programs today).
Food Safety Level One
Food safety training has two levels. The first level is targeted towards frontline service workers – they are the food workers who come directly into contact with food. The curriculum of this program is largely skill-based; students learn actual hands-on techniques and skills in laboratory sessions. The program is completed over a single day, usually lasting eight hours or so, with several sessions and breaks throughout the day.
Food Safety Level Two
Level two of food safety training is an advanced class targeted toward level one certificate holders and supervisory staff of food establishments. The focus of this level of training is management of the establishment, going into different concepts of how to run a facility that deals with food handling (whether the food is served without charge or sold to consumers). The program lasts for two days, running for about 16 hours with several sessions and breaks each day.
Certification and renewal
After each training program, students need to take a certification exam (usually scheduled on another day). The exam runs for two hours, but the length usually depends on the student answering it. You must pass the exam with a high enough score to get certified.
Another training option for students is self-study or studying at home. We make our workbooks available to be bought separately, so students who prefer to self-study can do so. They have to sign up for a certification exam separately but can be certified the same credential as students who took the full training course.
Note: Certificates are valid for five years. If you want to keep the validity of your training certificate, just take another certification five years after your first credential is issued.
A peek into training: Salmonella
When people get “food poisoning” (the popular term for foodborne illness), one of the most commonly heard culprits is salmonella. A person can get a salmonella infection from eating contaminated poultry and poultry products (dairy). The signs and symptoms of a salmonella infection are similar to other FBIs – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and cramps, and loss of appetite.
Note: Salmonella bacteria usually thrives in raw meat, poultry and seafood. Because the infection is largely oro-rectal, contaminated feces can end up on raw products during butchering. Seafood can get contaminated if the water they are harvested from is contaminated with salmonella bacteria. Be sure to get your raw products from safe sources.