The overall aim of food safety and food preservation is to prevent contamination and spoilage of foods. Ensuring food safety and preservation is crucial at the individual, household, community, and industrial levels. It ensures that foods are safe for human consumption and that consumers do not develop any food-borne diseases. Many of the methods of food safety and preservation used today are of ancient origin. Having an understanding of food microbiology is important for food protection and preservation practice. This module equips participants with an understanding of key food safety and food preservation techniques and how food safety can be achieved within households and food industries. Participants will learn about the principles and methods of food protection and preservation, and also the details of safe ways of food processing and preparation. The module explores different areas with regards to food safety including: food spoilage, food storage and preservation, and food poisoning.
Objectives of the module
By the end of this module, participants should be able to demonstrate good practices with respect to food safety, including food storage and preservation techniques. They will also learn how to:
Proverb: “From farm to fork, keep food safe.”