Food poisoning is one of the most common health problems for people across the world. And it’s not only associated with eating food outside, but it can also happen when you eat the food that is made at your own kitchen. It depends on various factors like the cross contamination, which causes infections with microbes…

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Food-borne Illness is when contaminated food or water is consumed. Contamination can occur from food, the environment, or from the food handler either directly or indirectly. Food-borne illness can be devastating to the person affected and to the establishment implicated. It can cost thousands of dollars and may even result in death. DID YOU KNOW:…

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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…

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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…

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According to the the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), over 4 million Canadians are affected by a foodborne disease every year, which means 1 in every 8 people. In the previous year, over 238 people died while 11,600 were hospitalized due to foorborne diseases. The information is enough to show how crucial is it to…

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Is raw cookie dough one of your guilty pleasures? Do the kids love to lick the cake batter from the bowl and mixing spoons? Well you may want to re-consider giving in to these sweet temptations because of e.coli contamination! What is E. coli? This is a common bacteria that breeds on people and animals…

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When handling food it is important that we recognize that unsafe food will not always appear as unsafe. Pathogenic micro-organisms will not provide a smell, a taste or colour. They are invisible and the only way to protect ourselves from them is by taking extra precautions when handling food. By ensuring food does not stay…

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The next series of food safety blogs will be related to food handler behavior. Personal habits of food handlers can have a direct impact on the safety of food. Food handlers can unintentionally become carriers of pathogenic micro-organisms to food or food contact surfaces. A few common personal hygiene behaviors are provided below for food…

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The second blog in this series is about bad habits. Have you ever heard the expression “bad habits, die hard”? Well, its true! Bad habits can take several days, months or years to completely rid your self from them. However, when working with food these habits can results in serious illnesses. It is important to…

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The third blog in this series is about snacking while handling food. Food handlers should eat in an approved designated break room. Not just thins will help you maintain a proper eating habit or timeline, but also helps prevent any kind of cross-contamination in the food you are cooking. Not many people would know, but…

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