Describe the importance of food safety, including hygiene, in the preparation and handling of food

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Food safety and hygiene is essential in the preparation and handling of food in a care setting.

This is because adhering to food safety standards greatly reduces the chance that the individuals that you support will get ill from contaminated food.

Contamination can be:

  • Physical objects such as bones or pieces of packaging
  • Chemical such as pesticides or cleaning products
  • Allergenic , for example if an individual is allergic to peanuts or shellfish or requires a gluten free diet
  • Bacterial such as germs that cause food poisoning

Vulnerable adults that you work with may have an increased risk to illnesses from the food that they eat so it is prudent to be especially careful when preparing or handling their food.

Some good practices relating to food safety include:

  • performing proper handwashing technique
  • cleaning work surfaces
  • not serving food that is out of date
  • washing kitchen utensils and equipment between uses
  • ensure food is properly cooked before serving
  • storing raw meat on the bottom shelf of the fridge
  • prepare raw and cooked foods separately