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Safety is an important aspect of the National Quality Framework

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Safety is an important aspect of the National Quality Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework. The food safety is an important part of the overall safety for the children. If the foods, provided to the children are not handled in the right manner, severe health hazards can arise (Pérez-Escamilla et al., 2017). The unsafe food handling can cause food poisoning. The food safety can be maintained in the following ways—Preparing the food items in clean and healthy environment Serving the food with cleanliness and in the proper way Storing the food in a clean environment at appropriate temperature Ensuring the bacteria spreading is stopped with cross contamination Reference:Pérez-Escamilla, R., Segura-Pérez, S., & Lott, M. (2017). Feeding guidelines for infants and young toddlers: A responsive parenting approach.Nutrition Today,52(5), 223-231. The six conditions for growth of the food-borne pathogens are as follow—Food-- Presence of some nutrients in the food can enhance the growth of microorganism. The protein-rich products such as milk, meat and eggs are at higher risk for growing pathogens (Upadhyay et al., 2015).Acidity-- presence of acidity in the food products is another factor that contributes to the growth of pathogens.Time-- The food should be stored for right duration.Temperature-- The food borne bacteria can grow at a temperature between 5 to 57 degree Celsius. Oxygen—The bacteria can grow at presence of OxygenMoisture-- the presence of moisture can foster growth of bacteria.Reference:Upadhyay, S., Hussain, A., Mishra, S., Maurya, A. P., Bhattacharjee, A., & Joshi, S. R. (2015). Genetic environment of plasmid mediated CTX-M-15 extended spectrum beta-lactamases from clinical and food borne bacteria in North-Eastern India.PloS one,10(9), e0138056.
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