Contaminated Food: Why “Eyeballing It” Isn’t Good Enough

When preparing food and beverages, you may rely on your senses to tell you if the products are safe to be consumed, but this isn’t good enough. Even healthy-looking food that smells and tastes fine could be contaminated.

So how can you tell if it’s okay to serve? Taking an accredited food handlers course and pledging to follow safe food practices is a great place to start.

Treat All Food with Care

Without a microscope and proper testing equipment, it’s virtually impossible to tell if bacteria, chemicals, or pathogens have contaminated food. Because of this, you have to assume that all food needs to be treated with attention to detail and care. Be sure to:

  • Thoroughly wash all produce
  • Change gloves when touching new foods or equipment
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Clean and sanitize food prep areas and utensils often

It's crucial to understand that harmful microorganisms, toxins, or contaminants are often microscopic and invisible to the naked eye. Even if food looks and smells fine, it might still pose health risks.

Remember to Practice Food Safety

To learn more about the proper procedures for handling food and equipment, you’ll need to register for an ANSI-accredited course. Sign up now and earn your food handler card today!

Our food handler program is ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accredited to ensure you get the highest quality training.

Simply register with an email address, purchase your course, and complete it. All of our courses are structured in an easy to follow format.

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