Back to School with Essentials of Food Safety! 

It’s that time of year again! It’s back to school and workshop instructors from The John C. Stalker Institute (JSI), of Food and Nutrition are traveling to school nutrition programs across Massachusetts to deliver professional development. 

On August 29th, JSI presented the Essentials of Food Safety workshop at Medfield High School. The workshop covers food safety basics, including types of food hazards, TCS, which is short for Time/Temperature/Control for food safety, avoiding cross-contamination, handwashing, and proper glove use, maintain and recording food temperatures, as well as ideas and strategies to create a culture of food safety in the district. 

Participants engaging in the workshop discussion at Medfield High School

All JSI workshops are designed to make learning fun and interactive with activities to get the participants thinking, learning, and sharing ideas with one another. Activities in this food safety workshop included: 

  • Identify the hazard 
  • Spot the TCS foods 
  • A glow germ activity to help emphasize the importance of proper handwashing 
  •  What Went Wrong? food safety scenarios designed to give participants an opportunity to practice identifying food safety errors and discuss how to resolve them. 

Throughout the workshop, participants increased their knowledge, engaged with each other, asked questions, and had fun. 

 Kahoot concept review for participants at Medfield High School

To wrap up the participants played an interactive game of Kahoot to review the concepts covered throughout the workshop. The participants were joking and laughing throughout the activity and a prize was awarded to the person with the most correct answers. 

If you are interested in requesting this workshop or exploring another topic, please visit the JSI Workshop to Go webpage and request your workshop today! 

Article submitted by Kayla Garcia, dietetic intern, NutraCo Dietetic Internship 

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The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition is a partnership of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Framingham State University.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.

© The John C. Stalker Institute, 2024