Microbiology for Non-Microbiologists

Programme Coordinator: Lulanie Swanepoel
Course Level
Supplementary
Duration
One Day
OVERVIEW & OBJECTIVES

Microorganisms have a considerable impact on the quality and safety of food products.

It is important that anyone involved in food processing, handling, distribution, product development and catering (with no formal training in microbiology) understands the interactions and importance of the various forces involved. Contamination by microorganisms may arise from various sources such as raw materials or the processing environment (which includes food-contact surfaces, the air, people and pests). These potential contamination sources need to be controlled to prevent spoilage and to ensure safe products.

Course Objectives 

Delegates will learn the basics of food microbiology in order to:

  • Understand basic terminology
  • Plan and implement microbiological monitoring programmes
  • Give guidance on microbiological problem-solving investigations
  • Understand food pathogens and their relation to HACCP
  • Understand and interpret microbiological results
OUTLINE
  • History of microbiology
  • Sources, types and number of microorganisms on food
  • Factors affecting the growth of microorganisms
  • Food spoilage
  • Food pathogens
  • The effect of food processing on microorganisms
  • Microbiological testing and sampling
  • Case study: food-spoilage investigation

A certificate of attendance will be issued once the course has been successfully completed.

ENTRY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
Delegates must be comfortable communicating in English and need suitable reading and writing skills.
LANGUAGE
Presented in English
WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Any individual within the food industry wishing to gain a broad understanding of the field of food microbiology:

  • Managers (financial, sales, marketing, purchasing)
  • Support staff
  • Engineers and production staff
COURSE DATES & ENROLMENT

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, we are not currently running face-to-face training. However, a number of our courses are running online - either by way of webinar-style training or learn-at-your-own-pace courses. Get in touch with our team via the link below to discuss training availability and options to suit your needs.

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