American Red Cross to Launch Basic Food Safety 3.0 Nationwide

American Red Cross implements online food safety training for on-demand education of food handling volunteers and employees.
By: Safe Food Solutions, LLC
Nov. 19, 2007 - PRLog -- Since its founding in 1881, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization.  Today the domestic disaster relief provided by the American Red Cross offers compassionate services to people in need of food and/or shelter.  To execute their humanitarian efforts, ARC relies, in part, on the assistance of citizen volunteers.  ARC, based on the location and nature of the crisis, orchestrates the organization and sometimes on-the-spot training of these volunteers.  

As crises across the U.S. have become more demanding, ARC found a need for a quick and efficient way to disseminate food safety training information.  To meet this need, ARC elected to implement the Basic Food Safety Learning Management System, developed by Safe Food Solutions, LLC.  Launched in 1999, hundreds of thousands of foodservice employees have participated in the Basic Food Safety education programs.  The online Basic Food Safety 3.0 course instructs in English and Spanish on the topics of safe food preparation, handling and serving: foodborne illness, personal hygiene, handwashing, time & temperature, the food flow process, contamination and sanitation.  Volunteers/Learners complete the training from any computer with an Internet connection and ARC is able to track and manage their education and training statistics through the robust LMS, which provides online record management and data storage.  
The Basic Food Safety 3.0 course and Enterprise-class LMS now allows ARC to easily deliver training to a large and rotating population of volunteers who need basic food safety education, but do not require certification.  With the ease and flexibility of technology-based implementation, ARC will be able to train volunteers as they are brought into the emergency response environment.  

In the wake of the recent wild fires in Southern California, ARC provided over 100,000 meals and 25,000 overnight stays for CA people in need.  Not only did they make sure they had enough volunteers to prepare the meals, they also saw  that each ARC worker completed the Basic Food Safety course.  “Basic Food Safety meets our basic needs for our workers to be able to have consistent training sent out to them,” said Scott Meyer, Program Administrator for the American Red Cross. “Your personal hygiene, sanitation- your basic stuff- that’s what we want for our workers,” he added. Meyer also stated that it was important for them to be able to train their workers in about an hour and the time saved would keep them on task of helping people in need.  

“We are excited be a part of ARC’s efforts, as this organization is so important to citizens in need,” stated Eric Webster, Managing Director of Safe Food Solutions, LLC.  “We look forward to continuing to provide a high-quality food safety education program and flexible user experience to ARC as they respond to America’s crises.”  

About The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to the nearly one million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross.

About Safe Food Solutions, LLC

Safe Food Solutions, LLC is a food safety education firm, specializing in web-based training applications.  SFS serves the foodservice and hospitality industry with clients in the U.S, Canada, Caribbean and South America.


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