It is important for you to understand that food safety and sanitation is a large and complex topic.The first half of this chapter is only an introduction to the study of food safety. To advance in a food service career, you will be required to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the subject well beyond what can be presented in such a short space. Entire textbooks are devoted to kitchen sanitation and safety. Many organizations, including local and regional health departments and organizations such as the National Restaurant Association (in the United States), sponsor training programs leading to certificates of competency in food safety. Food service employees in supervisory positions in the United States may be required to hold such a certificate by state or local law. In Canada, many provinces have their own safety regulations, and food service operators should be familiar with these as well as with federal regulations.The health and safety of your clientele depend on your diligent study.
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