CDC Tips for Safe Outdoor Cooking!

Outdoor grilling season is upon us, and it’s important to remember that the shift of food preparation outdoors comes with its own unique challenges.  The CDC’s Get Ready to Grill Safely poster serves as an effective food safety reminder for outdoor cooks as they prepare for their outdoor food festivities.  You don’t want to give E.coli, Salmonella, and their other pathogenic friends an opportunity to spoil the party!

Think Food Safety As You Celebrate!

The desire to go out to dinner increases during times of celebration, such as Mother’s Day.  This increase in dining contributes to an increase in the potential for foodborne illness.  As food workers try to serve the increased volume of customers, there is a temptation to cut corners in order to keep things moving faster.  Please take some time to review Tips for Time and Temperature Control (TCS) Foods provided online by Gordon Foods as a quick reminder of key food safety principles to keep in mind, whether preparing in a restaurant or at home.

Hope you have a happy–and safe–Mother’s Day.

Food Allergen Awareness Month Is Here!

May is Food Allergen Awareness month.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in thirteen children and one in twenty-five adults have food allergies.  This means that  the possibility of a customer in a food service facility having a food allergy is great.  In some cases, just a small amount of an allergen can cause serious harm—and in some cases death–to persons that are allergic.

Georgia’s Rules and Regulations for Food Service require that the person in charge of food service facilities train their staff in regard to allergen awareness based on their respective job duties.  The CDC’s  3 Resources About Food Allergies provides information to assist with your allergen training such as this poster entitled “Food Allergies: What you need to know” .

If additional assistance is needed in this area, please contact your local health authority.