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Food Microbiology 101

This two-day short course was developed by Edith Cowan University at the request of the Department of Health (WA), and is intended for people working in the food manufacturing, food service and catering, food safety auditing and quality control, hospitality, aged care, hospitals, schools and day-care centre settings. Upon successful completion of all post-course assessments and case studies based on the 5 pre-reading modules and practical laboratory work, participants will be be able to demonstrate that they meet the 40 hours microbiology training requirement to be registered as a regulatory food safety auditor in Western Australia. The course follows a ‘Laboratory/Lecture format, with interactive discussions and lectures, as well as hands-on activities in our ECU Super-laboratories.

Why is this course for you

The course will provide you with a basic understanding of the types and characteristics of microorganisms that threaten food safety and how to detect, monitor and effectively control this hazard in your food handling processes. You will will also learn how to interpret laboratory reports often produced by food microbiology laboratories. You will also have the chance to see, appreciate and perform basic food microbiology related laboratory exercise in our ECU Super laboratories

Course content

This evidence-based course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Food Microbiology
  • Sources of Microorganisms in Food
  • Microbial Growth & Food Spoilage
  • Food sampling for Microbiological Analysis
  • Food Borne Diseases & Prevention
  • Food Safety Legislation and Standards
  • Introduction to the HACCP food safety system
  • Laboratory techniques - acseptic techniques, sample dilution, Gram stain, aerobic plate count, microscopy of food pathogens

Date:  28-29 September 2024
Location: Joondalup Campus Building 19.225
Time: 7.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: $1200 (Includes course fees, tea, coffee and lunch)

* A minimum of 5 participants is needed to run the workshop

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