Food safety training for keepers in decentralized zoo kitchens


Compart DP. 2015. Food safety training for keepers in decentralized zoo kitchens. In Bissell H, Brooks M Eds. Proceedings of the Eleventh Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Portland, OR.


A food safety program was developed for training keepers in a decentralized zoo kitchen system. Instruction covered food safety standards of the state of Illinois; reviewed information regarding USDA and AZA food safety standards; and provided keepers with action-based steps they could take to prevent food safety concerns. In addition, lead keepers had separate sessions to ensure food safety standards have been met by their direct reports. Keepers provided positive feedback regarding the sessions. Nutrition Center management conducting the training gained valuable insight regarding issues that interfere with proper food safety procedures and protocols within decentralized animal food kitchens.

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