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FOOD 1301 - Food Safety for the Plant Worker

Food Technology Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

Designed for the food processing plant worker, it covers basic concepts of food safety concerns relating to the plant worker. Topics include basic microbiology, food-borne illnesses, allergens, personal hygiene and handling, GMPs and HACCP. BCIT issues a statement of completion to those who achieve a pass grade of 70%. Required for the course: internet access; operating system Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X or Mac OS X v10.7 (Lion); video minimum resolution of 1024 x 600; internet speed of 56K or greater; JavaScript enabled; cookies enabled.



This course was retired after the Fall 2019 term and is no longer offered through BCIT Part-time Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Describe factors which affect microbial growth in foods.
  • List several key microorganisms which may cause food borne diseases.
  • List potential allergens and describe their control.
  • Relate good personal hygiene practices to control food borne illnesses.
  • Describe good personal hygiene practices (including proper handwashing techniques).
    • Discuss illness policies.
    • Describe the control of 'cross-contamination.'
  • Define and describe GMPs.
    • Describe basic components of an effective sanitation program.
    • Explain the importance of sanitation and pest control.
  • Give an overview of HACCP principles.

Effective as of Fall 2003

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

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Registration is currently open for the Fall 2021 term.

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