The objectives of the program are to provide the participants with the following:
- Knowledge of food-borne diseases and how they are transmitted.
- Techniques for investigating food premises to identify potential sources of contamination.
- Understanding of the pathogens that cause food-borne disease and their characteristics.
- Familiarity with the questionnaires that are used to capture information about the poisoned casual.
- Real-world examples of food poisoning outbreaks and their management.
The Food Poisoning Outbreak Investigation Program targets Food Safety and Hygiene Auditors, Food Inspectors, Environmental Health Officers, Supervisors, and Managers working in Food Control Sections in Public Health Authorities, Municipalities, Hotels, Catering Companies, Managers & Supervisors of Government Agencies, and other Food Related Industries.
Why is the Program Important?
Food poisoning outbreaks can be devastating for businesses. In addition to the harm caused to customers, outbreaks can lead to lawsuits, damage to reputation, and loss of revenue. By having a Food Poisoning Outbreak Investigation Program in place, businesses can minimize the risk of outbreaks occurring, and if an outbreak does occur, they can respond quickly and effectively to minimize harm.
How to Implement the Program
The first step in implementing the Food Poisoning Outbreak Investigation Program is to ensure that all relevant staff members are aware of the program and its objectives. The program should be integrated into the business's food safety plan, and staff should be trained on the program's key components.
During the training, participants will learn how to identify potential sources of contamination, investigate food premises, collect information about the poisoned casual, and manage outbreaks. They will also learn how to prevent outbreaks from occurring by implementing best practices in food safety and hygiene.