Satellite Broadcast Courses on Food Safety
As part of the National Food Safety Initiative, two satellite broadcast courses are being offered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Division of Human Resource Development (DHRD):
* Food Microbiological Control (August 11 to 13) and
* Foodborne Epidemiological Investigations (September 15 to 18).
These distance-learning courses will be delivered by satellite and will use a variety of formats, such as lecturettes, video dramatizations, question-and-answer sessions, self-directed study, and facilitator-led site excercises. At the end of each course, participants will take a comprehensive exam and receive certificates for passing scores.
Participants will be organized into teams of eight or fewer. The various departments and agencies participating at each course site will be represented on each team as it works through the application exercises.
DHRD expects that the course on microbiological control will be a requirement in future food-related certifications for FDA staff. Drafts of training curricula for state personnel working in seafood HACCP, retail food, shellfish, and milk safety also include this course. Food Microbiological Control is an introductory-to-intermediate course. Upon completion, participants will be able to
1. identify a potentially hazardous food, the hazards associated with that food, and the proper control methods applicable at the food-processing and retail levels;
2. discuss the hazards associated with foods and the proper management and control methods both for food processing and for retail activities; and