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Introduction to HACCP for Food Safety

Build your knowledge of HACCP standards and implement a Food Safety Management System to keep your customers safe.

Introduction to HACCP for Food Safety

Improve your food safety standards

In every country in the world, food safety is governed by regulations and standards. If a food service establishment does not comply with these standards, they are likely to be fined or closed either temporarily or permanently.

In this two-week Introduction to HACCP course from the International Culinary Studio, you’ll learn about food safety hazards using practical examples and activities to make sure you can effectively manage food safety.

Explore food hygiene and potential hazards

When food safety standards aren’t adhered to, it can cause severe illness and, in some cases, death. That’s why HACCP is used; a food safety management system that analyses and controls biological, chemical, and physical hazards.

You’ll learn about food poisoning and food hygiene, what they mean, and the practices and procedures in place to prevent illness from food.

Develop food safety policies

From raw material production, procurement, and handling, to manufacturing, distribution, and consumption of the finished product, HACCP is used to control hazards at each stage. So you need to have policies and processes in place to do this.

On this course, you’ll look at the key elements of a food safety policy and the reporting procedures for any problems that may occur. You’ll then explore how to apply HACCP to the food handling cycle.

Learn from the International Culinary Studio (ICS)

The ICS, accredited by the World Chefs’ Association, are committed to providing professional, excellent, technology-driven education to improve every aspect of the food industry.

On this HACCP course, the ICS will help you manage a safe food environment.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is food safety?
  • Why does food safety matter?
  • What is food poisoning?
  • Food safety facts
  • Causes of food poisoning.
  • How does contamination occur?
  • Main reasons for adopting high standards of food safety.
  • What does this mean for you as a chef or food service operator.
  • Workplace hygiene.
  • Food handlers’ actions
  • The 7 principles of HACCP
  • HACCP practices
  • Applying HACCP to the food handling cycle
  • Food safety policy

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify critical food safety hazards
  • Explain terms food poisoning, contamination, cross contamination
  • Identify ways in which food becomes contaminated
  • Explain the methods for managing food hygiene and safety
  • Discuss the importance of good food hygiene and safety to the business, customers and employees
  • Describe how to control food safety through the food cycle
  • Discuss hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) practices and procedures
  • Develop to a HACCP flow chart
  • Describe the key elements of a food safety policy
  • Develop a HACCP checklist
  • Identify key food safety records
  • Explain reporting procedures
  • Explain the key aspects of food safety legislation

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for owners of businesses that handle food and want to improve their knowledge of food safety. Whether you have a catering company, restaurant, or cafe, this course will help you implement HACCP without having to use external consultants.

Who will you learn with?

Career Highlights
Catered for Nelson Mandela
Dignatries in Germany
Competition judge
Banqueting large function organization
Managed large team of chefs
Culinary team chef
Teaching and educating chefs

Who developed the course?

International Culinary Studio

International Culinary Studio offers quality education online from any kitchen.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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