Inspector Impersonation Alert !

Recently, our office was made aware of a couple of facilities in our district that had been contacted/visited by someone claiming to be a health inspector—yet neither actually was.   This time of year is especially susceptible to such activity.  Thus, this is a reminder to operators of the need to review– with staff– acceptable inspection protocol and areas of food defense and personal safety that should be in place.

To assist you with training and preparation in this area, please view our Food Safety Partnership Panel #3 video on Food Defense located on our website and prepare a plan for your facility using the FDA’s A.L.E.R.T. guidance document at http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodDefense/ToolsEducationalMaterials/ucm353774.htm

Wishing you a holiday season that is safe in every way!

~ Karen Gulley, Food Program Manager

Along with the Cobb & Douglas Food Service Inspection Team

 

 

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Want To Be A Part Of Our Next Food Safety Partnership Panel?

We will be recording our next Food Safety Partnership Panel during the month of June, and we’re looking for volunteers to take part in this upcoming episode.  Each Partnership Panel is comprised of consumer, food service industry, and regulatory authority representatives who take part in discussing current topics related to food safety, so the only prerequisite for participation is a shared interest in the topic being discussed.

If you are interested in being a part of our next panel, please contact our Food Program Manager, Karen Gulley, at 678-385-5066.

To view one of our previous episodes, visit the Food Service page at the Cobb & Douglas Public Health website:

http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/environmental-health/food-services/

 

2016 Training Schedule Released!

Our training dates for 2016 can be viewed at the following link:

2016 Training Dates for Food Service and Swimming Pool Classes

Be sure to mark your calendar if you would like to be updated on our new Food Service Regulations or need to attend a ServeSafe Managers Training or Certified Pool Operator class!

Note:  ServSafe and Certified Pool Operator classes require advance registration.

Mark Your Calendars: New Food Service Rules Update To Be Held On January 27, 2016!

An overview of the major changes found in our new Food Service regulations will be presented by Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s Center for Environmental Health oCobbSafetyVillage_1n January 27, 2016 from 2:30-4:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Cobb County Safety Village, located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta.  This presentation is being prepared especially for food service facility owners and operators, as well as anyone from the community who may be interested in these changes and areas of increased emphasis.

To reserve a seat, please complete the following registration form by January 20, 2016 and return it to the address listed on the form:

New Food Service Rules Update Registration Form

For more information, contact Karen Gulley, our Food Service Program Manager, at 678-385-5066 or Karen.Gulley@dph.ga.gov.

Announcing New Food Service Rules and Regulations

The new Food Service Rules and Regulations for food service operations in the State of Georgia will become effective on November 1, 2015.  Prior to the effective date, you will be notified of opportunities to attend an update session regarding the major changes. These updated rules reflect the recommendations of the FDA Model Food Code of 2013.

If you would like to view the regulations prior to their effective date, they may be accessed at the following link: http://dph.georgia.gov/food-rules-and-regulations .