Food Safety Resources 2018-06-18T08:54:10+00:00

Food Safety Resources

Food safety is an integral part of successful child nutrition programs. These resources have been developed by the Institute, USDA, and other organizations to provide assistance in ensuring food safety in your program.

Food Safety in Child Care, formerly known as Serving Safe Food in Child Care, is based on the four principles of the Fight BAC© program: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Cool. Developed specifically for child care providers in the CACFP environment, it provides four hours of face-to-face food safety training for foodservice employees in child care.

The Food Safety in Child Care online course is a recently revamped version of Serving Safe Food in Child Care. It focuses on applying the four key concepts of the USDA Fight Bac® program: clean, separate, cook, and chill into child care programs. 4 hours. Look for it on the Child Care tab of the ICN Online Course Catalog.

Child care providers protect the health of children by serving wholesome foods in clean and safe ways. These lessons that address safety and sanitation in preparing and serving meals to the children in your care have been developed specifically for the child care center and family day care home.

Food Safety in Schools is the updated version of Serving It Safe, 4th Edition which was renamed to clarify the target audience of the training. It is designed to provide school nutrition employees with up-to-date information on food safety. This training contains lessons and activities which allow participants to be actively involved in learning the food safety concepts needed to prepare and serve food safely and to keep school nutrition facilities safe and sanitary. The chapters cover topics such as: food safety, prevention of foodborne illness, basics of microorganisms, how to keep a clean and sanitary school nutrition facility, process for foodborne illness prevention, and food safety programs in schools. Published 2015.

ICN’s Food Safety in Schools online course, previously Serving it Safe, is an 8-hour course designed for child nutrition professionals.

Los empleados pueden ser el elemento más crítico para mantener las instalaciones de nutrición escolar seguras e higiénicas.   Sin embargo, también pueden ser responsables de la introducción de un riesgo de seguridad de alimentos en cualquier punto del proceso de producción de los alimentos.

Todos los empleados del departamento de nutrición escolar tienen mucho en juego ya que preparan y sirven alimentos cada día.

  • Servir alimentos que sean almacenados, preparados, cocidos o manejados inapropiadamente pueden ocasionar que los clientes se enfermen seriamente, incluso de manera mortal.
  • Las prácticas inseguras de nutrición en las escuelas también ponen en peligro a los empleados.
  • La buena reputación de un programa de nutrición escolar debe construirse basado en el servicio de alimentos seguros.

“Seguridad de Alimentos en las Escuelas” ha sido diseñada para ser muy interactiva de modo que usted pueda involucrarse activamente para aprender los conceptos de seguridad de alimentos que necesita para preparar y servir los alimentos con seguridad y para mantener las instalaciones de nutrición de su escuela seguras e higiénicas.

Food Safety Basics is a 4-hour training for new school nutrition managers and employees to provide a basic understanding of food safety. This training enables them to begin the job using safe food handling practices including good personal hygiene practices, important food temperatures, methods of preventing food contamination, and steps for developing a food safety program. Published 2017.

Food safety fact sheets are a 1-2 page information sheet that provides timely information on food safety topics.

Food Safety Fact Sheets

Title Date added Download
Agentes biológicos April 10, 2018 Download
Agentes físicos April 10, 2018 Download
Agentes químicos April 10, 2018 Download
Almacenamiento de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Almacenamiento y uso de químicos April 10, 2018 Download
Biological Hazards April 10, 2018 Download
Calibrando termómetros April 10, 2018 Download
Calibrating Thermometers April 10, 2018 Download
Chemical Hazards April 10, 2018 Download
Cleaning and Sanitizing April 10, 2018 Download
Cocción de los alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Complex Process April 10, 2018 Download
Controlando el tiempo y la temperatura durante la preparación de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Controlling Time and Temperature During Preparation April 10, 2018 Download
Cooking Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Cooling Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Descongelamiento de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
E. coli Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
El enfoque en el proceso April 10, 2018 Download
Enfriamiento de los alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Handwashing April 10, 2018 Download
Hepatitis Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
Higiene personal April 10, 2018 Download
Holding Cold Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Holding Hot Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Lavado de manos April 10, 2018 Download
Lavado manual de las vajillas April 10, 2018 Download
Lavado mecánico de las vajillas April 10, 2018 Download
Lavando frutas y vegetales April 10, 2018 Download
Limpiando y desinfectando April 10, 2018 Download
Mantenimiento de alimentos calientes April 10, 2018 Download
Mantenimiento de los alimentos fríos April 10, 2018 Download
Manual Dishwashing April 10, 2018 Download
Mechanical Dishwashing April 10, 2018 Download
No Cook Process April 10, 2018 Download
Norovirus Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
Personal Hygiene April 10, 2018 Download
Physical Hazards April 10, 2018 Download
Preparing, Storing, and Serving Fresh Tomatoes April 10, 2018 Download
Preventing Contamination During Food Preparation April 10, 2018 Download
Preventing Contamination in Food Bars April 10, 2018 Download
Preventing Contamination When Using Cutting Boards April 10, 2018 Download
Preventing Cross Contamination During Food Storage April 10, 2018 Download
Previniendo la contaminación durante la preparación de los alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Previniendo la contaminación en las barras de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Proceso de preparación complejo de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Proceso de preparación de alimentos para servicio del mismo día April 10, 2018 Download
Proceso de preparación de alimentos sin cocción April 10, 2018 Download
Recalentamiento de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Receiving Deliveries April 10, 2018 Download
Recepción de entregas April 10, 2018 Download
Reheating Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Reopening Your School Kitchen After a Flood April 10, 2018 Download
Salmonellosis Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
Salvaging Food After a Flood April 10, 2018 Download
Same Day Service Process April 10, 2018 Download
Serving Safe Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Shigellosis Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
Sirviendo alimentos con seguridad April 10, 2018 Download
Storing and Using Chemicals April 10, 2018 Download
Storing Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Temperature Danger Zone April 10, 2018 Download
Thawing Foods April 10, 2018 Download
The Process Approach April 10, 2018 Download
Transportación de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Transporting Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Typhoid Fever Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
Usando termómetros para alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Usando utensilios adecuados durante el manejo de alimentos listos para consumo April 10, 2018 Download
Using Food Thermometers April 10, 2018 Download
Using Suitable Utensils When Handling Ready-to-Eat Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Washing Fruits and Vegetables April 10, 2018 Download
Zona de peligro April 10, 2018 Download
Food Safety Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are written practices and procedures that are critical to producing safe food. It is essential to have these SOPs in place and to train foodservice employees to use them. Use these files in MS Word® format or visit NFSMI’s interactive website to customize food safety SOPs for your operation. Published 2005. Updated 2016. ET63-05.

Food Safety Standard Operating Procedures

Title Date added Download
Assembling a Body Fluid Cleanup Kit March 06, 2018 Download
Cleaning and Disinfecting Body Fluid Spills March 06, 2018 Download
Cleaning and Sanitizing Food Contact Surfaces March 06, 2018 Download
Communicating During a Foodborne Illness Outbreak March 06, 2018 Download
Communicating Norovirus Prevention Methods March 06, 2018 Download
Complex Food Process March 06, 2018 Download
Controlling Time and Temperature During Preparation March 06, 2018 Download
Cooking Time Temperature Control for Safe Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Cooling Time Temperature Control for Safety Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Date Marking Ready-to-Eat, Potentially Hazardous Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Handling a Food Recall March 06, 2018 Download
Hot and Cold Holding for Time Temperature Control for Safe Foods March 06, 2018 Download
No-Cook Process March 06, 2018 Download
Personal Hygiene March 06, 2018 Download
Preventing Contamination at Food Bars March 06, 2018 Download
Preventing Cross-Contamination During Storage and Preparation March 06, 2018 Download
Receiving Deliveries March 06, 2018 Download
Reheating Time Temperature Control for Safe Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Same Day Service Process March 06, 2018 Download
Serving Food March 06, 2018 Download
Serving Safe Food to Students with Food Allergies March 06, 2018 Download
Storing and Using Poisonous or Toxic Chemicals March 06, 2018 Download
Transporting Food to Remote Sites (Satellite Kitchens) March 06, 2018 Download
Using and Calibrating Thermometers March 06, 2018 Download
Using Suitable Utensils When Handling Ready-to-Eat Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Using Time Alone as a Public Health Control to Limit Bacteria Growth in Time Temperature Control for Safe Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Washing Fruits and Vegetables March 06, 2018 Download
Washing Hands March 06, 2018 Download
Proper cooling techniques and guidelines for school nutrition professionals to cool foods safely. Video published 2014. Fact Sheets and Mini-Posters published 2015.

The Food Safety for Summer Meals resource page provides resources for site managers to train the staff of a Summer Food Service Program site on food safety best practices.

These resources promote food safety practices essential to a successful summer meals site including: practicing good personal hygiene, checking and documenting food temperatures, and proper cleaning and sanitizing. These practices reduce the risk of a foodborne illness outbreak and ensure that the food children consume is safe. This prevents children and staff from becoming sick, possibly causing the shutdown of the site and bad publicity for the site, sponsor, and program.

The information presented on this resource page may or may not apply to all summer meals sites, but can be adapted by your program as applicable.

Produce Safety Resources

The resources on this page are intended to advance your understanding of food safety for produce in child nutrition operations.  School Nutrition professionals with particular interest in this topic are encouraged to sign up through their State Agencies to attend Produce Safety University, a week-long immersion course offered by USDA.

Fresh produce provides many nutritional benefits, but it must be handled safely to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Harmful bacteria residing in soil or water may come into contact with fresh produce at any point during the plant’s growth, harvest, processing, transportation, storage, preparation, or service.  Fresh produce that is served raw does not go through a cooking step to kill any harmful bacteria that may be present before it is served to students, and, therefore has the potential to cause a foodborne illness.

Produce Safety Fact Sheets

Commodity Specific Fact Sheets

Title Date added Download
Apples March 06, 2018 Download
Bananas March 06, 2018 Download
Broccoli March 06, 2018 Download
Cantaloupe March 06, 2018 Download
Carrots March 06, 2018 Download
Grapes March 06, 2018 Download
Lettuce March 06, 2018 Download
Oranges March 06, 2018 Download
Squash March 06, 2018 Download
Strawberries March 06, 2018 Download
Tomatoes March 06, 2018 Download
Watermelon March 06, 2018 Download

Produce Safety University Graduate Training Resources

Produce Safety Videos

The Produce Lab Videos - Culinary Techniques

Title Date added Download
Apples and Pears April 20, 2018 Download
Bananas Grapes and Kiwifruit April 20, 2018 Download
Broccoli April 20, 2018 Download
Carrots April 20, 2018 Download
Cucumbers and Summer Squash April 20, 2018 Download
Leafy Greens April 20, 2018 Download
Melons April 20, 2018 Download
Onions and Peppers April 20, 2018 Download
Oranges and Strawberries April 20, 2018 Download
Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes April 20, 2018 Download
Tomatoes April 20, 2018 Download

Produce Safety Videos - What Went Right and What Went Wrong

Title Date added Download
Receiving Fresh Produce Video April 24, 2018 Download
Storing Fresh Produce Video April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Receiving April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Storing Produce April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Preparing Produce 1 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Preparing Produce 2 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Preparing Produce 3 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Serving Produce 1 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Serving Produce 2 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Serving Produce 3 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Serving Produce 4 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Video Activity April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Video Activity Answer Key April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos – Disgruntled Employee April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos – Food Defense April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Receiving Produce April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Storing Produce April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Preparing Produce 1 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Preparing Produce 2 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Preparing Produce 3 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Serving Produce 1 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Serving Produce 2 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Serving Produce 3 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Serving Produce 4 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Video Activity April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Video Activity Answer Key April 24, 2018 Download

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