HERE’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT

LAB TEST­ING COURSE A BENCH­MARK OF OP­POR­TU­NITY

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Re­becca Dargie

THERE is noth­ing as in­te­gral to health than the food we eat.

As pro­duc­tion pro­cesses be­come more sci­en­tific and con­sumers de­mand more knowl­edge about food, there are grow­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties in food science.

TAFE’s Diploma of Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­nol­ogy (Food Test­ing) cov­ers the­ory and prac­ti­cal as­pects of chem­i­cal, bio­chem­i­cal and mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal anal­y­sis of foods and in­gre­di­ents.

Top­ics in­clude ba­sic chem­i­cal anal­y­sis, and anal­y­sis of food com­po­nents, such as nu­tri­ents, ad­di­tives, flavour com­pounds and con­tam­i­nants, us­ing elec­tronic in­stru­ments and wet chem­i­cal meth­ods.

Stu­dents also learn mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal tech­niques to iden­tify the dif­fer­ence be­tween use­ful mi­cro-or­gan­isms and food poi­son­ing or­gan­isms.

They learn to de­velop and use safety and qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tems and pro­cesses, and learn to ac­cess rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion.

It suits stu­dents who love science, es­pe­cially chem­istry, bi­ol­ogy and maths.

Learn the prac­ti­cal as­pects of analysing food in a lab­o­ra­tory.

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