The AMSA Food Safety & Science Certification was developed to provide formal training opportunities to enhance and expand education for a future generation of meat and food scientists
The certification addresses industry valued and accepted standards produced by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA), and the certification serves as a validation of knowledge and skills needed to excel in the meat and food industries. Those who earn the certification are more qualified and prepared to enter a variety of food handling, food storage and food safety careers. Additionally, the certification allows employers to connect with more skilled candidates.
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The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and concepts from the following industry standard areas.
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.
AMSA is an individual membership organization of more than 1,000 meat scientists representing major university research and teaching institutions and meat processing companies in the United States and internationally. 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. For more information, visit www.meatscience.org.
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