Activities for Food Hygiene

Updated April 17, 2017

Cooks at many restaurants are required to pass a food handling safety course. This is because you can easily become sick by eating mishandled food. Activities that train kids to properly clean their cooking surfaces, as well as themselves, are paramount to safe meals. Restaurants are also required in many jurisdictions to pass a food safety inspection initiated by their local government.


All students should wash their hands in soapy warm water for at least 30 seconds before handling food. They must wash their hands again every time they touch an unclean surface. This especially includes after going to the washroom. Ensure your kids wash their utensil if they fall on the ground or touch an unclean surface. The students should wear a hairnet to ensure any lost strands don't fall into the food. All counter tops and utensils must be thoroughly clean. Instruct them to walk from the front to the back of the kitchen and take note of anything that needs cleaning.

Proper Cleaning

Six steps are involved in properly cleaning surfaces. The pre-clean involves scraping, wiping and sweeping food scraps and rinsing the surface with water. Then use hot water and soap to remove grease and dirt. Soak any material if necessary. Then rinse the detergent. Apply sanitiser to kill all remaining germs. Rinse again to get rid of any excess sanitiser. Tell the kids to let the cooking material air dry to avoid contamination with any cloth.

Handling Raw Meat

Raw meat can be an extremely dangerous ingredient to work with. Ensure your students don't use the same cutting board or knife, for example, for anything other than the raw meat until it is thoroughly cleaned. They should wash their hands after each time they touch raw meat. Glass or metal cutting surfaces are best for the meat because bacteria can get into the crevasses of plastic or rubber cutting boards, for example.

Cleaning Food

Any vegetables that are grown in a garden should be soaked in water with salt to kill any bugs. Students should then inspect every area for any remaining critters. Thoroughly wash all fruit and vegetables with water. Tell the kids not to use hot water on foods like fruit and leafy vegetables, as this could cause cooking. The United States Department of Agriculture doesn't recommend washing raw poultry, beef, pork, lamb or veal because the bacteria from the meat can be spread to other surfaces and little good is done to the meat.

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About the Author

Phillip Chappell has been a professional writer in Canada since 2008. He began his work as a freelancer for "Senior Living Magazine" before being hired at the "Merritt News" in British Columbia, where he wrote mostly about civic affairs. He is a temporary reporter for the "Rocky Mountain Outlook." Chappell holds a Bachelor of Journalism in computer programming from University College of the Cariboo.