Prevent Chemical contaminants by
Storing chemicals away from food and correctly labeling cleaning bottles.
What does ALERT stand for
Assure: Make sure products are from safe sources
Look: Monitor the security of products in the facility
Employees: Know who is in your facility
Reports: Keep information related to food defense accessible
Threat: What you will do and who you will contact if there's a threat at your operation
Nausea, wheezing,shortness of breath, hives or itchy rashes, swelling, vomiting and/or diarrhea, abdominal pain
8 Most common food allergens
Shellfish-lobster, shrimp, and crab
Tree nuts: Almonds, walnuts, and pecans
Foods with pH levels that are ideal for pathogen(bacterial) growth (pH of 4.6 - 7.5)
Bread (pH of 5.0 - 6.0)
Raw chicken (pH of 5.5 - 6.0)
Cantaloupe (pH of 6.1 - 6.5)
Milk (pH of 6.4 - 6.8)
(Temperature Danger Zone)
Range of temperature ideal for pathogen growth; between 41 degrees Fahrenheit and 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
Amount of moisture available in food for microorganisms to grow. (Measured in a scale from 0.0 to 1.0; water = 1.0)
Time and Temperature Control for Safety - minimizing the amount of time high-risk foods spend in the Temperature Danger Zone (TDZ).
Examples of TCS Foods
Milk and dairy products, Eggs
Meat, Poultry, Fish
Shellfish and crustaceans
Heat-treated plant food, such as cooked rice, beans, and vegetables
Tofu or other soy protein
Synthetic ingredients (textured soy protein in meat alternatives)
Sprouts and sprout seeds
Sliced melons, cut tomatoes
Leafy greens that have been cut, shredded, sliced, chopped, or torn.
Examples of Ready-to-eat food
Washed fruit and vegetables (whole and cut)
Sugar, spices, and seasonings
Common characteristics of Viruses
-Can survive refrigeration and freezer temperatures.
-Cannot grow in food, but once eaten can grow inside a person's intestines.
-Can contaminate both food and water.
-Can be transmitted from person to person, from people to food, and from people to food-contact surfaces.
Common characteristics of Bacteria
-Controlled by keeping food out of the Temperature Danger Zone (TDZ).
-Grow rapidly, if FAT TOM conditions are right.
-Some can change into spores to protect themselves.
-Some produce toxins in food as they grow and die.
Characteristics of Spores
- Commonly found in dirt so can contaminate food grown there.
- Resists heat and so can survive cooking temps.
- Can revert back to a form capable of growth when food is not held at the correct temperature or is cooled or reheated improperly.
Common characteristics of Parasites
-Cannot grow in food.
-Live in the muscles, or meat, of animals (cows, chickens, pigs, fish).
-Found in the feces of animals and people.
-Contaminate both food and water (esp. irrigation water).
Common characteristics of Mold
-Spoil food and sometimes cause illness.
-Some produce toxins, such as aflatoxins.
-Grow well in acidic food with low water activity (jams, jellies, and cured salty meats).
-Cooler or freezer temperatures may slow growth, but do not kill them.
Steps to prevent mold-related illnesses
-Throw out all moldy food, unless the mold is a natural part of the product.
-Cut away moldy areas in hard cheese, salami, firm fruits, and vegetables.
Common characteristics of Yeast
-Spoil food quickly.
-Grow well in acidic food with low water activity (jams, jellies, jams, syrup, honey, and fruit or fruit juice).