Food Handler Training: Introduction

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Updated on 2024

Lesson 1: summary

Food Hygiene and Safety training - Introduction

It is important to know and comply with hygiene rules during the handling of food, because this way we can guarantee food safety and prevent foodborne diseases. Most of the time, the food handler is the one who intervenes as the vehicle of transmission of these diseases, so it is important that we take into account the great role we play in prevention.

The training of food handlers is mandatory and will allow you to obtain a certificate that will accredit you as a food handler, allowing you to work in the food industry. Although it is not mandatory, it is recommended to renew the certificate every 4 years, and to be updated according to the job. Then, the company itself should offer a specific training in its sector.

A food handler is anyone who, through their work activity, has direct contact with food during any of its phases until it reaches the final consumer. This includes: preparation, manufacture, processing, packaging, storage, transport, distribution, sale, supply and service.

This training course will enable you to perform food handling functions, and you should be responsible with this information, as the health of many consumers depends on you.

Lesson 1: extended

What is the training on food handling?

The food handling course will enable you to perform food handling functions, such as the different factors that can cause food alteration or contamination and the possible consequences they can have on the health of consumers (allergies, illnesses, etc.).

Purposes of the Food Handler Course

In the food handler course you will find all the necessary training to obtain the food handling certificate. The topics include:

  • The principles to be followed to achieve correct food hygiene.
  • The types of contaminants and the hazards associated with them.
  • The different food-borne diseases.
  • Appropriate risk prevention methods.
  • Regulation governing the training of food handlers and the Food Information Law (Allergens) Act.

Course topics

The topics of the food handling course are prepared in accordance with current regulations. This course is made up of 9 topics with all the necessary training for precise preparation for the food handler test.

  1. Food Handler Training: Introduction
  2. Food Hygiene
  3. Contamination of food
  4. Food-borne diseases
  5. Conservation and storage of food
  6. Personal hygiene of food handlers
  7. General cleanliness and hygiene
  8. HACCP self-control system and Regulation
  9. Food Information Law (Allergens)

The Certification

Once you have passed the test, you will be able to obtain the title of food handler with its corresponding 100% legal certificate. We will send the certificate to your email address instantly after payment has been made. Also, if you wish, we may send it to you by regular mail within 2 to 4 working days.

In order to obtain the certificate, all the lessons of our Food Hygiene Course are available to you for free. They do offer you a complete training in food handling.

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More information

Food Standards Agency
Codex Alimentarius at FAO
European Food Safety Authority
WikiPedia - Food Safety


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