FDA kit aims to improve food safety


Source of Article: http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/FDA-kit-aims-to-improve-food-safety


16-Oct-2008 -

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a food safety training kit, FIRST, for employees in the food industry.

The US regulator said that FIRST includes a DVD and a colour poster and focuses on five key points that industry and businesses can use to educate first line workers about the risks of food contamination, while also providing industry with measures to consider and implement to reduce these risks.

The agency said that each of the letters in the FIRST acronym describes an action that a first line employee can take to mitigate risks of contamination:

F FOLLOW company food defence plan and procedures
I INSPECT your work area and surrounding areas
R RECOGNIZE anything out of the ordinary
S SECURE all ingredients, supplies and finished product
T TELL management if you notice anything unusual or suspicious

The FDA said the kit can be ordered online and a web ready version will be available at the end of this month.



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