National Catfish Month – Seafood Safety Tips

Since 1984, August was designated National Catfish Month to celebrate and appreciate the delicious, easy to cook, high in protein, versatile fish – America’s largest aquaculture product.

Catfish, as with any seafood though, requires certain safe handling to reducing the risk of foodborne illness.

Food Safety Certificate and Certifications Accredited Programs

Food safety certification and training providers are required to have their programs to be assessed at a set level of instructional quality from an accrediting body – with required annual audits and updates.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education and training meets appropriate levels of instructional quality.

School Food Safety

Children are at an increased risk to a foodborne illness because a child’s immune system is not as developed as an adult’s.

If you plan to prepare and pack food for your child – extra care must be taken with perishable food to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause illness.

USDA Catfish Inspection

The USDA inspects catfish and requires both U.S. farmers and countries exporting catfish and catfish-like products to the U.S. to meet certain safety standards.

Food and Fire Safety for Grilling

Grill masters, make sure you brush up on proper food and fire safety practices before firing up the grill.

Cooking outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. Not not only does bacteria multiply faster in warmer temperatures, but preparing food outdoors makes safe food handling more challenging.

State Fair Food Safety Considerations

For many people, state fairs are the highlight of summer. However, while having fun – it is important to make some basic food safety observations – so as to prevent a foodborne illness.

Warmer weather, cooking outdoors, and part-time vendors increases the chance of bacteria multiplying on or contaminating food that can make you sick.

Food Allergy Training for Food Service Employees

While much has been done to educate food handlers on safe food-handling practices, continued training in food allergies is needed by workers to recognize the initial signs of allergic reactions – and the best practices for safely preparing food for and serving food allergic guests.

Beach Food Safety Tips

Going to the beach? While preparing for the heat on your body – also plan on the effects of heat on your food.