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 LearningFramework. 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 bemaintained in the following ways—Preparing the food items in clean and healthy environmentServing the food with cleanliness and in the proper wayStoring the food in a clean environment at appropriate temperatureEnsuring the bacteria spreading is stopped with cross contaminationReference:Pérez-Escamilla, R., Segura-Pérez, S., & Lott, M. (2017). Feeding guidelines for infants and youngtoddlers: 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. Theprotein-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 thegrowth 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 degreeCelsius.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). Geneticenvironment of plasmid mediated CTX-M-15 extended spectrum beta-lactamases from clinical and foodborne bacteria in North-Eastern India.PloS one,10(9), e0138056.
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