Monthly Archives: January 2017

Humber College Food-borne Illness

2019-05-28T15:17:56+00:00

Food-borne illness is serious and it is unfortunate that it usually is only brought to our attention after a significant outbreak, like what is currently unfolding at Humber College - North Campus. The number of people who have affected by the outbreak at Humber College has risen to nearly 200 as officials fight to understand its cause, Toronto Public Health said Saturday. As the illness was first brought to the public's attention on Thursday, Humber College is doubling their efforts in cleaning and sanitizing, while members of the community are double their efforts of personal hygiene, such as handwashing! The Probe It Food Handler Certification course provides various details about the the many types of food-borne illness, their causes, and preventive measure that should be taken. Although the causative agent in this outbreak  has not yet been identified, it is likely to be a virus.Viruses are very small micro-organisms that do not multiply on food. Viruses multiply by growing in a living cell. A [...]

Humber College Food-borne Illness2019-05-28T15:17:56+00:00

Mandatory Food Handler Certification

2019-05-28T15:19:55+00:00

The most effective method for preventing food borne illnesses is through food handler education, because many of illnesses are caused by mistakes made by food service workers. This is why many provincial governments and local municipalities have legislation that makes food handler certification mandatory. In Alberta, the provincial food regulation requires: " A person operating a commercial food establishment must, at any time when there are 5 or fewer food handlers working on the premises, ensure that at least one individual who has care and control of the commercial food establishment holds a certificate issued by the Minister confirming that individual’s successful completion of a food sanitation and hygiene training program or a document that the Minister considers equivalent to such a certificate." Food Regulation 31, Sec 31(1) Additionally the Alberta food regulation requires: "A person operating a commercial food establishment must, at any time when there are 6 or more food handlers working on the premises, ensure that at least one member of [...]

Mandatory Food Handler Certification2019-05-28T15:19:55+00:00