IFT105 - Plant Sanitation

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Subject Title
Plant Sanitation

Subject Description
This lecture subject introduces the principles of food plant sanitation. Students gain a thorough understanding of sanitation principles and programs. The central focus of this subject is on developing an appreciation for the causes and effects of unsanitary conditions, how to resolve them, and how to maintain a sanitary plant. Topics covered include hazards to food safety; the relationship of microorganisms to sanitation; personal hygiene and sanitary food handling; cleaning and sanitizing operations; cleaning compounds; sanitizers; sanitary design and construction of food facilities; waste product disposal, and pest control. (Lectures only)

Credit Status
One credit toward the Industrial Food Technology Certificate Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of food microbiology affecting food plant sanitation.
  2. Describe the various cleaners and sanitation methods used by the food industry to ensure compliance with and maintenance of sanitary standards.
  3. Discuss controls for the elimination of insects, pests, rodents, and birds through the development of a pest control program.
  4. Recognize the importance of personal hygiene and proper food handling.as defined in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
  5. Design a sanitation program and its implementation according to the specifications of the food plant site and building.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Sanitation and the Food Industry
Sanitation Control in the Food Industry
The Relationship of Microorganisms to Sanitation
The Food Product Flow
Design of a Sanitation Program
Personal Hygiene and Sanitary Food Handling
Facilities, Equipment and Utensils
Cleaning and Sanitizing Operations
Cleaning Compounds Used in Food Industry
Waste Product Disposal and Pest Control
Sanitary Design and Construction of Food Facilities

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, small group discussion and project.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Food Safety and Sanitation, Pearson Prentice Hall - 2006, David Zachary McSwane
Principles of Food Sanitation, Springer Science and Business Media, Inc. 2006, Norman G. Marriott
Food Plant Sanitation: Design, Maintenance and Good Manufacturing, Culinary and Hospitality Industry Publications Services 2006, Michael M. Cramer
Food Plant Sanitation, CRC Press 2002, Y.H. Hui

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.   

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Project  30%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 40%

Students are required to complete a project in which they must organize a sanitation program and inspection program for a food plant.  The food plant may be selected from specific choices given by the teacher or may be one's own employer.  A more specific guideline will be provided.

Other Evaluation Considerations
The student is expected to comply with the Safety Rules for working in the laboratory, sign the safety contract, and WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR CONTACT LENSES in the laboratory.  The student will know where all safety equipment is located in the laboratory and will be familiar with WHMIS concepts and signage.


Approved by: Denis Gravelle