Food-borne contaminants & Allergies

Serve Safe Chapter 2

What Bacteria Needs to grow

  • Food
  • Acidity
  • Time
  • Temperature
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture
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4 types of Pathogens that can contaminate food

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Parasites
  • Fungi
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3 types of Contaminants

  1. Physical Contaminants
  2. Chemical Contaminants
  3. Biological Contaminants
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What is a food Allergen?

  • A protein in a food or ingredient that some people are sensitive to.

The 8 most common food allergens

  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Fish
  4. Shellfish
  5. Wheat
  6. Soy
  7. Peanuts
  8. Tree nuts

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The FDA has created a food defense program called: ALERT

  • Assure- Products are received from safe sources
  • Look- Monitor the security of products in the facility
  • Employees- Know who is in your facility
  • Report- Keep information accessible
  • Threat- Develop a plan for responding to suspicious activity on a threat to the operation
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Most common symptoms of a food-borne illness

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Jaundice
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Questions to Answer

  1. Name a pathogen that can contaminate food.
  2. What 6 things do bacteria need to grow?
  3. What is the Acronym that the FDA made as a food defense strategy?