2006-05-11 / News

Food safety course offered

One of the largest outbreaks of salmonella in the United States occurred after a church supper in Maryland where 741 people became ill. Similar outbreaks of food-borne illnesses have occurred at festivals, community dinners, fund-raising events, and other programs sponsored by nonprofit agencies around the country.

To ensure that Rhode Island's non-profit organizations know how to prepare food safely and understand how food-borne illnesses are transmitted, the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and the Office of Food Protection at the state Department of Health are offering a free food safety training session for non-profits on May 24. "Non-profit organizations

have an obligation under the law to prepare and serve safe food to the public," said Martha Smith Patnoad, a URI Cooperative Extension food safety educator who will lead the training session. "Most groups do a great job, but there is always room for improvement, especially since the consequences of an outbreak of foodborne illness could be devastating to the organization," she added.

The two-hour training session will be held at Warwick Public Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. on May 24. The $25 workshop fee per organization includes a 10minute video, a set of short learning modules for use with volunteers, food safety resources for workers, and a food safety log for recordkeeping.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Patnoad at 874-2960 or mpatnoad@ uri.edu.

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