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Kitchen Sanitation 101

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Nearly every few weeks, a new story seems to hit the headlines about foodborne illnesses. Salmonella in peanuts. E. coli in fruit juice. Mad cow in hamburgers. Every year, thousands of people become seriously ill from foodborne illnesses, and some even die. A single outbreak of salmonella in peanut butter in 2008-09 forced the largest food recall in U.S. history, sickened more than 600 people, killed 9, and caused parents everywhere to question the safety of a childhood staple, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Add to this the stories of sick cattle being processed for food in meat packing plants, and it is easy to see how fragile our food supply system can be.

This online course will explain why and how bacteria transfers from one place to another, multiplies, and makes people sick. We'll also explain the best ways to prevent foodborne illness, including hand washing techniques, dishwashing practices, facility cleaning, best practices for storage, food handling, temperature monitoring, pest prevention, and managing relationships with the health department. Also, if you ever plan on designing or managing your own restaurant, this training module offers some helpful suggestions about kitchen design and planning.
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Course Lessons

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  • Lesson 1: Introduction

    Although there will always be factors outside your control, by understanding the best practices in kitchen hygiene and sanitation, you can make sure your facility is as safe as possible.
  • Lesson 2: Overview of Foodborne Illnesses

    It happens all the time. You enjoy a pleasant meal in what seems like a nice restaurant. You start out feeling just fine, but over the course of a few minutes or a few hours, you find yourself feeling worse and worse.
  • Lesson 3: Hand Washing

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that hand washing is the single most important way to prevent the spread of infection. It seems like common sense, right?
  • Lesson 4: Food Handling

    The basic rules of food handling are simple: Clean, separate, and cook. If you just focus on those three principles, your kitchen will be a safe and healthy one.
  • Lesson 5: Temperature Control

    As discussed in Lesson 2, most harmful foodborne illnesses thrive at mid-range temperatures,and many can be killed at high temps. Be sure all foods are cooked to proper internal temperatures.
  • Lesson 6: Storing and Serving

    Most restaurants do not can or preserve their own food, but they do use a lot of canned items. So what happens when you find a dented can? Food is expensive, especially the super-sized cans of foods used in commercial kitchens.
  • Lesson 7: Dishwashing

    Washing dishes seems like pretty much of a no-brainer. You do it all the time at home -- rinse the dishes, wash the dishes, dry the dishes, put the dishes away.
  • Lesson 8: Cleaning Practices (Facility Sanitation)

    There are two major parts to keeping your facility clean: the kitchen and the dining room area. Both are extremely important to the health, sanitation, and reputation of your business.
  • Lesson 9: Employee Health/Cleanliness/Hygiene

    There are some basic principles of health and hygiene that anyone in a restaurant operation should adhere to. Not only can poor hygiene reflect badly on your business, it can also create an environment where germs spread easily.
  • Lesson 10: Handling It All: Dishes, Knife Skills, and the Food Supply

    Handling knives in the kitchen requires special care, both for health and safety reasons. Knives should always be kept sharp.
  • Lesson 11: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Planning

    The food industry is continually working to improve safety and quality of products. One way facilities improve is through adopting a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) program.
  • Lesson 12: Behind the Scenes: Setup and Relationships With the Health Department

    The health department is an essential part of every restaurant's operation, and it makes good business sense to create positive working relationships with inspectors and the office staff.
  • Lesson 13: Conclusion

    As a worker or a manager in a commercial kitchen, everything you do has an impact on the quality of the final product your customer receives.

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Course Title: Kitchen Sanitation 101
Course Number: 7550208
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe foodborne illnesses.
  • Summarize the importance of hand washing.
  • Describe proper food handling techniques.
  • Summarize temperature control for varying food types.
  • Describe proper techniques for storing and serving.
  • Summarize proper techniques for dishwashing.
  • Describe cleaning practices (facility sanitation).
  • Summarize employee health/cleanliness/hygiene.
  • Define hazard analysis and critical control point planning, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 1 : IntroductionExam10
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson 2 : Overview of Foodborne IllnessesExam10
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson 3 : Hand washingExam9
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson 4 : Food HandlingExam10
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson 5 : Temperature Control Exam9
Lesson 6 : Storing and servingExam10
Lesson 7 : DishwashingExam10
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson 8 : Cleaning practices (Facility sanitation)Exam10
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 9 : Employee health/cleanliness/hygieneExam10
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 10 : Handling it all: Dishes, Knife Skills and the Food SupplyExam9
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson 11 : Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point PlanningExam10
Lesson 12 : Behind the scenes: Setup and relationships with the Health DepartmentExam10
Lesson 13 : ConclusionExam10
The Final ExamExam65
Total Points:227

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Student Testimonials

  • "The sections were laid out in good order and would be extremely helpful to anyone opening a restaurant from scratch or as a take over. I thought the assignments were helpful as it made me think in more depth about each lesson." -- Richard H.
  • "What was most helpful was the overall flow of the lessons and material. This course was very helpful and knowledgeable." -- Phil H.
  • "Good job by the instructor. Will recommend class to others." -- Kelley C.
  • "The instructor answered my emails quickly and was very helpful and available. Dish washing and temperature control were two very good lessons in this course. The charts were helpful as well." -- Joshua F.

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