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Intro to Microbiological Food Safety Hazards

Microbiological Food Safety Hazards

Introduction to Microbiological Food Safety Hazards is a web-based topics-oriented course addressing fundamental microbiology concepts and food safety. The course is designed to provide you with the background necessary to understand how pathogens cause disease, how foodborne illness is transmitted and how it can be controlled. This module also provides up- to-date information in current “hot topics” in food microbiology, including food safety regulations and emerging food safety issues. Introduction to Microbial Food Safety Hazards was developed with the educational needs of industry personnel in mind

Topics taught in the module include the following:

  1. Roles of microorganisms in the food industry
  2. Basic bacterial characteristics
  3. Microbial growth in foods – intrinsic parameters
  4. Microbial growth in foods – extrinsic parameters
  5. Foodborne disease – infections, poisoning, and toxico-infections
  6. Sources and transmission of bacteria in foods
  7. Pathogen infections – Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, E. coli 057:H7
  8. Sporeformers, viruses, and Intoxications – norovirus, Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium botulinum
  9. Microbial detection and indicator organisms
  10. Government agency and food safety policy
  11. New pathogens and emerging foodborne diseases
  12. Antibiotic resistance

Registration Process

  1. Click the “Enroll in Course” button above (it will take you to a new webpage).
  2. Click “Add to Cart.”
  3. Select “Proceed to Cart.”
  4. Click “Log in to Continue Order.”
  5. Log in using a guest account, not a UNITY ID account unless you are an NC State University employee. If you already have a Reporter account, click “Brickyard Guest Login.” If not, click “No Account? Sign up here.”
  6. Follow the prompts to purchase the course. After completing these steps, you’ll receive instructions on how to access the online course in the Moodle Learning Management system.
  7. To access the course, log in to and click “Access Online Course.”
Quick preview of the NC State Microbiological Food Safety Hazards Online Course. Complete anytime, anywhere: work at your own pace. This course is available to all, worldwide enrollment accepted.