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What are some good training materials for food safety and sanitation?

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As of 2016, the Food and Drug Administration's employee health and personal hygiene handbook and its 2013 food code are good food safety and sanitation training materials. The National Restaurant Association's Servsafe program offers training courses and materials designed by industry experts and specialists from regulatory agencies, notes ServSafe.

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The FDA's employee health and personal hygiene handbook offers information on hygienic practices, foodborne illnesses and guidelines for advising food service workers on how to maintain a sanitary work environment. The handbook includes tables and forms for food establishment managers to use in training employees, and it contains information on infective bacteria and viruses and various ways to prevent their spread. A chapter on foodborne illness lists the five most infectious pathogens that occur in food and notes their common symptoms and most susceptible populations. A lengthy section on employee health describes how to recognize and respond to workers who may show signs of illness. The 2013 food code is the FDA's comprehensive guide for governmental agencies that regulate food services and monitor public health.

ServSafe offers food safety training courses that use instructional materials based on the FDA's food code and contemporary research results, as its website explains. The certificate program for food safety managers provides training in time and temperature control, sanitation, personal hygiene, proper food storage, and several other topics. ServSafe's website offers previews of course materials.

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