Thank You and Welcome!
If you have enrolled, I really want to thank you so much for taking this SafeFoodHandler course.
Also, if you are just ‘looking’ welcome.
The fact that you care is really important!
The main food laws in New Zealand are the Food Act 2014 and the Food Regulations 2015.
These food laws place the responsibility onto businesses to produce safe and suitable food.
This responsibility is supported through the use of Food Control Plans and National Programmes.
SafeFoodHandler will help you quickly get used to the principles and practices that you will need to apply as part of your job as a food handler or indeed as a general ‘life skill’.
The aim of SafeFoodHandler is to make sure that people, who eat food that has been prepared, handled or served by you, only receive safe and suitable food.
By completing this course, you will show you have a positive attitude towards the important principles of safe food handling and your customers will feel more confident about buying and eating food produced or served by you.
There are many Care Homes in New Zealand where prepared food is served to vulnerable people who are much more at risk from food-borne illnesses
Clearly it’s an impossible task for food safety officers and/or verifiers to continually check every chicken cooked, every hand washing, every refrigerator temperature etc.
For this reason, this course has given priority to the task of getting the people who work in Care Homes to take on the responsibility themselves of preparing food safely.
We all are food customers, whether it’s buying food from our local supermarket or dairy, a quick drink or snack from a cafe, or having a lavish meal at a top-rated restaurant.
So, it’s important we all do the right thing when involved in the front-line of food service, particularly where the recipients of our food have the most to lose if things go wrong.
“We are all in this together.”
The ‘Key to Success’
I have put a huge amount of effort into this course to make it as easy and effective as possible for you to know all about food safety..
But food safety involves knowing and doing.
You have to know what makes food safe or unsafe, and even more importantly commit to ensuring that you only provide safe and suitable food to your customers.
It is this combination of knowledge and commitment on your part that will encourage you to ‘Walk the Talk” and indeed be a ‘Safe Food Handler’