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New HACCP Food Safety Employee Manual Reflects Latest Government Standards

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Deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses over the past few years have focused increased attention on food safety and preparation. The Obama Administration has announced new steps to upgrade the US food safety system, with a public health-focused approach based on prevention, strengthened surveillance and enforcement, and improved response and recovery. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration recently released its updated Food Code, a model code and reference manual for the state and local agencies that regulate more than one million restaurants, retail food stores and vending and food service operations.

These recent changes are the focus of food safety expert and Pearson author Tara Paster's new training guide for the food service industry, The HACCP Food Safety Employee Manual, 2nd Ed. The book debuted today at the 12th Annual Food Safety Summit in Washington, D.C., the largest and most established trade show focusing on food safety, quality assurance and food security.

Designed for workers in casinos, restaurants, schools, the military and retail outlets, The HACCP Food Safety Employee Manual is a user-friendly guide to the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) training processes to prevent foodborne illness in retail food service. The second edition incorporates the new FDA Food Code guidelines to assist the industry in prioritizing their food safety interventions and inspections. Participants receive a Basic HACCP Certification upon completing the course.

The HACCP Food Safety Employee Manual leverages a five point star visual to illustrate the major elements that encompass a successful HACCP system: 1) Master Food Safety prerequisite programs; 2) Apply Food Defense prerequisite programs; 3) Evaluate hazards and critical control points to create a HACCP plan; 4) Understand critical limits, monitoring, and corrective actions; and 5) Confirm verification, record keeping, and documentation.

"HACCP is an overwhelming concept to a new user, and the FDA Food Code has very technical regulatory language. This book was developed with hospitality industry-friendly language to ensure comprehension of HACCP with the updated FDA Food Code," says Tara Paster. "This publication is geared toward employees who need to understand what HACCP means and how their actions are critical to the success of a HACCP implementation.

"The Pearson team understood my goals for this new edition and was diligent in helping me publish this incredibly important training manual."

Pearson provides complete, customizable online courses in many disciplines including allied health, business, criminal justice, and education, plus a full suite of custom media options for the classroom. Pearson's courseware services and library offerings are powered by best practices in instructional design and crafted by a team of course writers, subject matter experts and technologists.

About Tara Paster
Tara Paster is President and founder of Paster Training, Inc. Founded in 2001, Paster Training's mission is to educate, lead and impact the retail and food service industry about the critical importance of food safety. As the authority in Food Safety, HACCP, and Responsible Alcohol Management Training, Paster Training has helped food industry organizations and operations act smarter, quicker and safer. With more than 24 years of food industry experience ranging from fine dining, quick-service restaurants, convenience stores and distribution, Tara Paster possesses unique expertise in the industry. She is the author of three food safety manuals about applying the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system to retail food establishments, and has been nationally recognized for her efforts and leadership in safety education. She can be contacted toll free at 866.394.1776 or on the web at

About Pearson Learning Solutions
Pearson Learning Solutions is a business unit within Pearson, a global leader in education, education technology and services. As an education partner and consultant to higher education institutions and professional associations, Pearson Learning Solutions is committed to designing total, client-driven education solutions. We are a team of world-class education experts, instructional designers, curriculum development experts, education course writers, development editors and experienced textbook publishers. As one of the leading content providers for the culinary arts, hotel hospitality, food safety and casino management industries, we tailor solutions for each program's individual needs, including off-the-shelf online, in the classroom or blended courses, or fully customized curriculum development. We also provide a wide range of technology tools and learning platforms to help students, faculty and institutions succeed. Please visit for additional details.

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