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Part of our value-added professional format series, the Food Sanitation for the Supervisor Field Manual (FM 8-34) covers the prevention of foodborne disease, telling the food service supervisor: why food sanitation is important; why some foods spoil; why some foods are potentially hazardous; how germs (microorganisms) contaminate foods; how people get sick from food; what the supervisor can do to stop foodborne illness. This manual covers food preparation and storage temperatures, pests such as roaches and rats, and much more.

Entire armies have been defeated by such disease outbreaks as dysentery, typhoid, yellow fever, plague, and malaria. Mishandling of food and food-related waste has been responsible for some of the diseases. Military leaders like Frederick the Great and Napoleon lost more soldiers to disease than to war-related causes. As late as the Korean Conflict, 25 percent of a division force was incapacitated by foodborne-related diseases. Military installations in the US are not immune to this problem. At a southwest military post, more than 800 soldiers were made sick by foodborne disease. The outbreak was traced to a sick foodhandler who was allowed to continue working. About 200 disease outbreaks affecting nearly 10,000 individuals are reported annually in the United States. Of these outbreaks, about 3 percent are waterborne, 4 percent are caused by milk or milk products, and the rest, or 93 percent are associated with other foods, especially poultry, fish, and meat products. Because of reporting deficiencies, this represents only the "tip of the iceberg" with far more cases going unreported.

As a bonus, this reproduction includes FM-1, The Army Field Manual, a capstone manual containing the vision for the Army - sold separately for $5.99. FM 1 establishes the fundamental principles for employing Landpower. The most important of these are the Army's operational concept and the fundamentals that support it. They form the foundation for all Army doctrine. All Soldiers should understand and internalize them. FM 1 describes the American profession of arms, the Army's place in it, and what it means to be a professional Soldier.

This is a privately authored news service and educational publication of Progressive Management.

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