Nov 28, 2016 | EcoSure Food Safety Monitor
By Miriam Eisenberg, MS, RD, CP-FS
With holiday season upon us, it is a good time to remind your workers about good food safety practices as the holiday rush commences.
A survey from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has measured the public’s understanding of proper food safety handling techniques. The “public” is of course the source of our workforce.
For nearly three decades the FDA and FSIS have conducted annual Food Safety Surveys to gauge and track the public’s understanding in this important area. While the survey questions are designed to measure trends in consumer food safety practices and not necessarily restaurant workers, it is important to understand how the source of our worker population thinks. The survey included areas such as hand and cutting board washing; preparing and consuming potentially risky foods; and using food thermometers. In addition to informing the FDA’s food safety education efforts, the results are used by the Healthy People 2020 initiative to track consumer food safety knowledge and actions.
Key findings (with my notes in Italics):
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