Food Safety is for Everyone

Food Safety August 29, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Food Safety is for Everyone is a basic home food safety course written for the classroom. There are 145 PowerPoint slides complete with sourced notes pages. Anyone can take the course—child care providers, nutrition educators and assistants, agency food handlers, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about best practices in home food safety. This course also includes pre- and post-tests, after class and follow-up evaluation, as well as a video to use in class if you choose. As of June 15, 2010, the classroom version was being used by educators in in nine states: Alabama (2), Montana, Maryland (4), Illinois, Minnesota, Texas (3), Idaho, Mississippi, and Nebraska.

Please note that this course is copyrighted. Please do not change any information on the slides or notes pages. However, you may use one module at a time. Hide slides that you will not need to use, or use the entire course, which is all four modules. All four modules take approximately 3½ hours to teach.

Course Objectives:

  • Students will identify the causative agents, sources, and contributing factors of foodborne illness.
  • Students will learn the importance of good personal hygiene, non-acceptable practices, proper hand washing, and common foodborne diseases.
  • Students will learn how to prevent cross-contamination by identifying the sources, such as food handlers, contact surfaces, improper food storage, contamination from ice, and contamination from consumers.
  • Students will learn how to avoid temperature abuse by identifying proper methods of thawing, cooking, cooling, and reheating.
  • Students will learn the importance of “clean, separate, cook and chill.”


Module 1, Foodborne Illness

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Module 2, Personal Hygiene

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Module 3, Cross-contaminiation

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Module 4, Temperature Matters

Download module 4 presentation



Food Safety is for Everyone Skit

If you choose, you may access a 5:04-minute video of Liat Mackey (Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, University of Maryland Extension, St. Mary’s County) and me preparing food for a party and making numerous food safety mistakes. At the end of class you may choose to run the video and ask your audience to pick out the food safety mistakes made by both of us.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.