Research shows that 95% of people who took the FOODSAFE Level 1 course five years ago or earlier would fail the exam if they wrote it today. That’s why all new FOODSAFE Level One certificates issued in British Columbia will have a five-year expiry date, starting July 29, 2013.
quote from June 7, 2013 FOODSAFE press release
Purpose of Studies
The purpose of the studies were to find out
- if the ability of FOODSAFE graduates to remember principles of food safety from the course declined over time,
- if the workplace influences food safety knowledge and attitudes in workers, and
- if trained (FOODSAFE) food service workers have better food safety practices at home[this was Phase 1 - conducted in 2009]
- if retraining food service workers was effective[this was Phase 2 - conducted in 2011 and 2012]
Participants for Phase 1: In the spring of 2009, a phone survey of 500 FOODSAFE graduates working in the food services industry, 395 FOODSAFE graduates no longer working in the food services industry and 201 food workers who had not taken the FOODSAFE course before asked about food handler knowledge, practices and attitudes.
Participants for Phase 2: In the spring of 2012, the phone survey was repeated with 18 food workers who were retrained in 2011 (the intervention group) and with 19 food workers who did not receive retraining (the control group). In addition, another set of food workers who didn't participate in the 2009 survey, and who never received any FOODSAFE training were also included.