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A food handling certificate is certification that the residents in certain Australian states essentially need to obtain if they plan to work in the food preparation or service industry.

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Food handling certificate

  1. 1. is a Food Handling Certificateand What Areas Does it Cover?A food handling certificate is certification that theresidents in certain Australian states essentiallyneed to obtain if they plan to work in the foodpreparation or service industry. This certificateserves as proof that an individual is capable ofhandling food in a hygienic and safe manner. Peoplelearn how to store food safely at appropriatetemperatures, how to reduce therisk of food contamination, firstaid procedures and a lot morewhile acquiring this certificate.While it usually takes merely asingle day to undertake thiscertification training, however,the certificate has to be renewedevery year.Basic and refresher are the two types of classes fora food handling certificate. A basic food handlingcourse is required by the law in certain Australianstates, and this certification must be obtained byindividuals who wish to seek employment in the foodindustry. The public health and safety laws incertain these Australian states also require thatindividuals holding food handling certification mustundertake refresher classes every year. Theimprovement of food safety and the reduction of theoccurrences of food-related ailments and death is themain purpose that this certificate is a legalrequirement.
  2. 2. Trainees must undergo rigorous training and haveknowledge about the most-recent food-safetyprocedures in order to obtain a food handlingcertificate. The exact requirements for thiscertification will usually vary from one Australianstate to another. However, securing jobs in the foodservice industry will become easier for individualswho hold this form of certification.Food handling certification covers thefollowing areas:Food Storage TemperatureTrainees learn about appropriately cooling hot foodsand heating cold foods at the right temperatures toprevent the development of bacteria. They also learnhow to read the temperatures for different foodsaccurately on specific thermometers.Proper ShelvingTrainees learn about proper shelving to prevent crossbacterial contamination from one food to anther thatcan result in an outbreak of food borne ailments.Cooking TemperaturesTrainees learn about the accurate cookingtemperatures of fish, meats and poultry to a greatextent. They also learn about the correct cookingtemperatures of sauces and soups. Cooking certainfoods at improper temperatures can result in abacterial outbreak.Cleaning of ProduceTrainees learn how to properly clean produce, how tostore them and how to handle fruits and vegetables.
  3. 3. Gloves, Hand Washing and Personal HygieneTrainees learn how to wash their hands properly anduse disposable gloves before handling food. They alsolearn the importance of personal hygiene such askeeping their clothes clean, keeping theirfingernails clean and short, covering their hair,etc., while working with food.Food handling certification covers many other areas.Once people have undergone a food handling trainingcourse, a multiple-choice test must be passed by themto get the certificate. People between the age ofsixteen and twenty eight are ideal candidates toundertake a food handling certification course inAustralia. A certificate in food handling can beobtained by attending actual food handling classes orby undertake an online food handling certificationcourse.