Food Handling License – Guide To Food Safety
If you are in a food service sector, getting a food handling license is one of the most important things that you need to do. You will have to learn the food safety standards as well learning the basic things necessary to equip in handling food better.
According to the USDA Food Security and Inspection Service, bacteria grow most quickly at temperatures between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This is referred to as The Danger Zone.
Safe food handling is really essential and must not be ignored especially when entertaining with household, friends and most especially if this is how you earn your living; your business. Therefore, heed these recommendations.
- Raw meat and poultry should always be cooked at recommended temperatures. If you are cooking with an oven, you must set it to at least 325 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are not using an oven, you can use a food thermometer; you can stick it in the meat to see how hot it is.
- Make sure you wash hands and appliances before and after use. You need to use different knives and cutting boards when preparing your meat and vegetables or any other food for that matter. Also, when wiping your hands with a towel, it should not be the same towel that you wipe with the tables or plates. It always has to be clean and dry.
- Be sure to store uncooked meat in refrigerator, and make sure that any meat dripping should be self-contained. Only take out the meat when you are going to cook them. Changing of temperature can cause bacterial growth.
- Immediately after you cook the food, do not forget about it. Never leave cooked food out in the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. In case you should leave food out, make sure the food’s hot at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Do this by placing food on preheated steam tables, warming trays or slow cookers. Also, cold food has to be kept cold, by placing on ice – at or beneath 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Don’t forget: Bacteria may be reintroduced to food after it is safely cooked. Put leftovers in shallow containers for quick cooking and refrigerate.
These are the things that you need to learn. Always make sure, in order to get a food handler certificate for your business, you must always practice this at all times to keep your food safe to eat.