2010-07-01 / Local & State

Food Safety Workshop July 12

Nonprofit volunteer organizations such as churches, fire companies, youth sports, and civic groups must be sure they are providing safe food when they sell or serve it to the public. Food that is not prepared safely may lead to a foodborne illness outbreak. Penn State Cooperative Extension in Fulton County is offering a food safety workshop, “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling” on Monday, July 12, 2010. The workshop will be held at the McConnellsburg Lutheran Parish, 220 N. 3rd St., McConnellsburg, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Participants will learn upto date methods for safely handling and preparing food for large groups. Topics include how food becomes unsafe, preparation practices to keep food safe and purchasing and storage of food and supplies. Participants will learn recommended methods for taking food temperatures and how to calibrate a thermometer for accuracy. Other topics will include holding hot and cold foods, safe thawing and reheating practices, handling leftovers, personal hygiene practices, and methods for cleaning and sanitizing.

To register, contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Fulton County at 717-485-4111 by July 8. The cost of the workshop is $20 per organization, and will include a manual, thermometer and refreshments. Up to four individuals per organization are able to attend. The Penn State “Cooking for Crowds” manual is available for optional purchase by individuals for $12. Checks are payable to “Extension Program Fund” and sent to the extension office at 210 North 2nd Street, Suite 1, McConnellsburg, PA 17233.

Debra A. Gregory, extension educator-family & consumer sciences, will be the instructor for the workshop. She is a certified “ServSafe” food safety education instructor with the National Restaurant Association.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Fulton County Cooperative Extension Office, 717-485-4111, in advance of your participation or visit.

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