High Demand for New Food Service Rules Update Sessions

Food serviceCobbSafetyVillage_1 owners and operators have registered for the new Food Service rules update sessions in record numbers.  The January 27, 2016 session was full before the January 20th deadline, resulting in an additional session being offered on February 24, 2016.  Due to continued high demand, the registration for the February session has also closed, leaving a waiting list for those that would like to attend.  Both of these sessions will be presented by Cobb & Douglas Public Health at the Cobb County Safety Village in Marietta.  Due to the number of registrants for each class, attendees are asked to arrive by 2:00 PM for sign-in so that we may begin promptly at 2:30 PM.

We are very pleased that so many were interested in learning more about these changes in order to enhance their compliance. If you have registered and have found that you will be unable to attend, please contact  Karen Gulley, our Food Service Program Manager, at 678-385-5066 or Karen.Gulley@dph.ga.gov so that someone else may be offered an opportunity to join us.


ServSafe Class Available in February

Cobb & Douglas Public Health will present a ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification class on February 9-10, 2016 at the Marietta Health Center: Building B, 1738 County Services Parkway, Marietta.  The class will be conducted in the Meeting/Training Room located on the 2nd floor.

If you would like to attend, please send in your completed registration form before the January 15 registration deadline.  The registration form can be found here:  http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ServSafe-Marietta-FlyerFeb-2016-KHG-edit-10.19.15.pdf

Additional dates and sources for ServSafe and other approved CFSM training classes can be viewed at the Cobb & Douglas Public Health website.

Improper Materials for Food Contact Equipment (a reminder from Jen Birdsong, EHS3)

image001This particular facility had been using this arrangement to rest greasy “food contact surface” equipment and utensils.  The cardboard certainly does absorb grease, but this material can also become a source of cross contamination when its absorbent surface touches a food contact surface. Additionally, reused corrugated cardboard may serve as a harborage location for insects, such as roaches.

Remember, direct food contact and food equipment contact surfaces should be smooth, easily cleanable, and non-absorbent.

Violations of this type would be marked at Item 15A- Food and nonfood-contact surfaces cleanable, properly designed, constructed, and used.