The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Food Safety & Science Certification verifies individuals possess an in-depth knowledge of food safety procedures and standards necessary to thrive in the food industry.
The certification assesses industry-valued and industry-recognized standards produced by AMSA, an internationally-known organization with a membership of more than 2,000 meat scientists. AMSA represents major university research institutions and prominent meat processing companies, such as Tyson Foods, Cargill and Maple Leaf Foods.
The certification validates the expertise and skills needed to enter meat and food industries. Those who earn the certification are more qualified and prepared to begin a variety of food handling, food storage and food safety careers. Additionally, the certification allows employers to identify and connect with more skilled candidates, filling gaps in the labor market and jumpstarting individuals’ careers.
The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and skills from the following weighted industry standards:
FOOD CHEMISTRY PRINCIPLES
Chemical Properties of Food
Chemical Changes Related to Cooking & Food Processing
Food Production Processes (fermentation, leavening, retrogradation, syneresis, gelatinization, gelation, pickling)
FOOD HANDLING, PACKAGING & STORAGE PROCEDURES
Sanitary Food Handling Practices
Food Packaging Regulations
Cold Food Storage Methods
Food Preservation Techniques (irradiation, dehydration, canning, pasteurization, freezing)
Food Packaging & Labeling Guidelines
FOOD SAFETY & SANITATION METHODS
Workplace Safety Procedures
Food Industry Inspections
Foodborne Illness Prevention Strategies
Sanitation Laws & Regulations
HAZARD ANALYSIS CRITICAL CONTROL POINT (HACCP) SYSTEMS
Hazards in Food Processing
Hazard Analysis Process
Critical Control Points Identification
Establishing Critical Limits
Monitoring of Critical Limits
Methods for Taking Corrective Actions
Establishing Verification Procedures
The American Meat Science Association is a broad-reaching organization of individuals that discovers, develops and disseminates its collective meat science knowledge to provide leadership, education and professional development. Their passion is to help meat science professionals achieve previously unimaginable levels of performance and reach even higher goals. They accomplish this by fostering a learning community of meat scientists, industry partners, outside thought leaders and other stakeholders who embrace this vision. Its members conduct basic and applied research and education programs in muscle growth and development, meat quality, food safety, processing technology and consumer and marketing issues relevant to the international meat industry.
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