New food program focuses on safety
Ontario’s Durham College now offers a Food Processing Safety Techniques one-year certificate program, the only post-secondary program of its kind in the province.
The program, which begins this fall, focuses on the main safety components required to work in the food processing industry.
Those components include:
• safe food production following government regulations;
• using automated high-speed equipment in a global competitive environment;
• food security;
• sound manufacturing;
• prevention of food-borne illnesses;
• safe work habits; and
• the analysis of hazardous control points.
In Ontario, the food processing industry is the second-largest manufacturing industry and employs more than 110,000 people each year.
The programs’ eight month schedule enables students to make a quick transition into food processing and also provides current food workers with an efficient and convenient opportunity to upgrade their skills.