Keep It Clean!

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During a recent study in our food service establishments of the common factors that cause foodborne illness, two areas identified as needing more attention were handwashing and keeping food & food contact surfaces protected and clean. Foodsafety.gov has provided a good summary of tips and facts to assist with gaining knowledge and training in this area.  The Clean principle covers:

  • When and how to wash your hands
  • When and how to wash food contact surfaces
  • Where and how to wash fruits & vegetables (but not meat or poultry)

Plus, there’s a short summary video to tie it all together!

Let’s keep it clean!

 

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Certified Food Safety Manager Class Coming to Douglas in August

There will be a ServSafe Class presented at our Douglas County Environmental Health office on August 28-29th.  Our office is in the Douglas Courthouse on Hospital Drive in Douglasville.  Registration will close on August 8th .  The registration form and links to other CFSM providers are found on our website.

As a reminder, every food service establishment is required to have a certified food safety manager (CFSM) with current certification that is actively engaged in overseeing the application of food handling and operations in their respective facility, unless otherwise exempt by the Georgia Food Service Rules and Regulations Chapter 511-6-1.  Please check your certification to ensure that the time has not lapsed.  Also, please share this information with others as applicable.

 

Our Last CFSM Class for 2017 is Coming in December!

Every food service establishment is required to have at least one certified food safety manager (CFSM) unless they are exempted by the Rules and Regulations for Food Service.  The last ServSafe Food Safety Management course taught by Cobb & Douglas Public Health in 2017 will be held on December 12-13 at the Marietta Health Center, Building B, 1738 County Services Pkwy, Marietta.  Registration closes on November 15, so please share this information with those in need of this training.  The registration form must be completed and returned with payment to assure a seat in this class.  Visa or MasterCard payments may be taken via phone by calling our main Environmental Health line at 770-435-7815.

Do you have a CFSM?

With very few exceptions, each food service establishment is required to have a certified food safety manager (CFSM) that is actively engaged in overseeing the application of safe food handling and operations in their respective facility. Food safety exams accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) meet the CFSM requirements of the Georgia Food Service Rules and Regulations Chapter 511-6-1.  The following providers are ANSI accredited: ServSafe, National Registry of Food Safety Professionals, Prometric, Learn2Serve and State Food Safety (the most recently accredited provider)

Cobb & Douglas Public Health offers the ServSafe course.  Registration has closed for Cobb’s July course, however, registration is still being accepted for the Douglas class scheduled for August 29-30.  Registration forms and links to other CFSM providers are found on our website at  http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/environmental-health/food-services/food-safety-training/ .

Care Facility Outbreak Prevention Training Scheduled for February 7, 2017

The spread of a infectious diseases in a care facility can have a serious impact on the health and well-being of their residents, as well as their staff. Just last year, there were two large Norovirus outbreaks in Cobb County facilities, so our Environmental Health and Epidemiology divisions have teamed up to present a Care Facility Outbreak Prevention Training on February 7th from 1:30-3:30 PM at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.  There is no charge for the training; however, registration is required.  The registration form can be found at this link:

Care Facility Outbreak Prevention Training Registration Form

Shining the Spotlight on Water during National Food Safety Month

Drinkable water is used abundantly in food service establishments, so what are your options if that water source is interrupted?  Galen Baxter, Food Program Director for the Georgia Department of Health’s  Division of Environmental Health, partnered with the Georgia Restaurant Association to present a webinar entitled: “Water Interruption – Incapacitation or Inconvenience?”  This program is about 30 minutes long and provides an overview of the different types of Emergency Water Interruption notices issued by the the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Division, along with some basic guidance for food service establishments in the event of a water interruption event.  You will also have the opportunity to review the responsibilities of the person-in-charge before and during an event and more.

To view this informative webinar, just go to the following link and click on the “View the Presentation” button (Note: A brief registration is required to view the webinar):

Water Interruption-Incapacitation or Inconvenience

Got ServSafe?

Most food service establishments are required to have a Certified Food Safety Manager (CFSM) on staff.  Since the certification for a CFSM is only valid for 5 years, it’s critical that restaurant operators be aware of when the credential is nearing its expiration date.  If you, or someone you know, is in need of this certification or due for re-certification,  Cobb & Douglas Public Health will be presenting a ServSafe class in partnership with the Cobb County Cooperative Extension Service on July 26-27.

Additional information for this class, including a registration form, can be found at the following link:

CERTIFIED FOOD SAFETY MANAGER COURSES