If you’re doing the grocery today, remember to check the expiration dates on all your consumables. It’s not only the smart thing to do for yourself, for your family, and for the family dog in these none-too-salubrious salmonella days, it’s also Food Safety Awareness Education Month!
Every September since the campaign was launched 17 years ago by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) to promote food-safety awareness in the restaurant and food-service industry, food establishments, foodies and safety-conscious nonfoodies have looked sidelong at expiration dates and sniffed or sniffed at medium-rare steak more suspiciously than usual. You can’t be too careful, really, what with all the food recalls and the bloated incidence of food-poisoning cases across overweight America.
This year’s observance of Food Safety Month tries to answer that with its theme, “Lessons Learned from Health Inspection.” Coming in the wake of Hurricane Irene, that theme takes on special significance for all hurricane-affected restaurants and, too, for all personnel in the food industry in the country.
Food safety certification, food safety training, or food handler certification is a requirement for food-industry workers in many places in the U.S. and is a must-have for those who want to gain employment in big restaurants in most metros. Food safety courses are offered by many course providers, including Learn2serve.com, America’s leading provider of online alcohol seller/server and food safety manager certification training.