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RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall is the public information director of the Henry/Stark Health Departments.
Blog: Food vendors must register for events
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The Henry and Stark County Health Departments' Environmental Health
Division notes that most local community calendars from the July 4th holiday
to the Labor Day observance will feature many community events. Summertime
is outdoor activity time. It's the season for community activities,
festivals, and events, family reunions, backyard barbecues and other
friendly get-togethers.
Therefore, the Health Department would like to remind area residents
that if you are preparing to serve food to the Public through an event that
is up to two consecutive days and/or no more than 12 intermittent days in
any calendar year that you are required to register with the Health
Department so that we can better assist you in the sanitation standards of
food preparation.
Dorothy David, Environmental Health Services Director with the Henry and
Stark County Health Department, states, "The aim of this registration is not
to dictate but to educate. We really want local food handlers to have the
latest and most up-to-date information on food safety. By registering with
the Health Department local food vendors can have the Health Departments
staff's expertise and guidance at their disposal."
David adds, "Offering this education to local event food vendors really
is a win-win for everyone. Food vendors can be confident in the food they
prepare and serve, and local residents can rest assured that food purchased
at local events is safe."
The staff of the Health Department urges everyone to practice good food
handling habits before, during and after warm weather meals. Please
remember to send your completed food registration forms if you are serving
to the public. Help make summertime fun, delicious and safe.
For more information on the Health Department's Food Program call (309)
852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on
Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

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