UL Expands Food Safety Training to Retail Food Industry
PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a world leader in advancing safety science, introduces a comprehensive Food Safety Training Solution for the retail sector of the food industry. The food safety compliance and training solution is offered through its UL EduNeering business line, a proven leader in providing training and compliance solutions to FDA inspectors and to FDA-regulated companies.
“It only makes sense to instill food safety knowledge and practice into the operational culture at this level; after all, it is the last opportunity for food safety interventions to be implemented before food reaches the consumer.”
The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately one in six people in the United States get sick from eating contaminated food annually, and specifically noting that from 2009 through 2010, 48 percent of the outbreaks with a known single setting were caused by food consumed in or from a restaurant or deli. “Clearly, protecting the public from foodborne illness requires robust compliance and food safety training programs at the retail level. Additionally, these programs must effectively address both traditional and evolving food safety challenges,” said Gary Coleman, (REHS, MSEH), UL’s Food Safety Practice Leader. “It only makes sense to instill food safety knowledge and practice into the operational culture at this level; after all, it is the last opportunity for food safety interventions to be implemented before food reaches the consumer.”
UL’s Food Safety Training Solution provides the retail food sector a comprehensive set of training tools designed to help ensure food safety and maintain regulatory compliance. This is achieved by providing best practices of instructional design and proven adult training methodology. Key components of UL’s comprehensive food safety training solution for the retail industry lead to building a robust culture around food safety and include:
- Food Handler and Food Manager Training: Courses designed to capture regulatory requirements and safe food practices and demonstrate them in ways that capture the imagination of the participant and influence his/her future practice of food safety.
- Food Manager Training: Courses that prepare participants to sit for one of the nationally recognized and ANSI Accredited Food Protection Manager Certification Exams.
- Food Code: Specialized FDA-authored training modules specific to sections of the FDA Food Code and originally created for health authorities under its Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with UL. These courses are available for industry food safety management and internal auditors.
“UL is a leader in adult learning techniques that drive employee behavior modifications and promote quality performance and compliance at FDA-regulated companies,” said Lynne Budnovitch, Managing Director, UL EduNeering. “With this offering, UL stands out as a premier provider of food safety solutions and further supports our corporate mission of creating safer working and living environments globally.”
About UL EduNeering:
UL EduNeering is a business line within UL Life & Health’s business unit. We develop technology-driven solutions that help organizations mitigate risks, improve business performance and establish qualification and training programs through a proprietary, cloud-based platform, ComplianceWire®.
For more than 30 years, UL EduNeering has served corporate and government customers in the Life Science, Health Care, Energy and Industrial sectors. Our global quality and compliance management approach integrates ComplianceWire, training content and advisory services, enabling clients to align learning strategies with their quality and compliance objectives.
Since 1999, under a unique partnership with the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), UL EduNeering has provided the online training, documentation tracking and 21 CFR Part 11-validated platform for ORA-U, the FDA’s virtual university. Additionally, UL EduNeering maintains a partnership with the National Environmental Health Association and is actively involved with the Conference for Food Protection and other leading regulatory and industry trade organizations. For more information on our Food Safety Training Solution, visit www.uleduneering.com/food safety.
UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for 120 years. Its more than 10,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit www.UL.com.