Health and Family Services Cabinet
September is Food Safety Education Month
Governor Ernie Fletcher has proclaimed the month of September as Food Safety Education Month in Kentucky.
Using the theme, “Don’t Compromise – Clean and Sanitize,” the Food Safety Branch in the Department for Public Health, the Kentucky Grocers Association, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture invite the public to participate in several events that focus on procedures necessary for proper cleaning and sanitizing.
“Americans are aware of food safety now more than ever before,” said Christine Atkinson, manager of Kentucky’s Food Safety Branch.
Through National Food Safety Education Month, Atkinson’s department has the opportunity to highlight what state, local and industry partners are doing to educate employees and customers on proper food safety procedures.
During September, state and local health departments, food service operations and retail markets will conduct training activities for restaurant and food industry professionals, as well as communicate the importance of food safety to the public.
Presently, 48 counties in Kentucky have enacted local ordinances requiring restaurant food handler and/or manager training and certification.
“Training Kentucky’s food professionals to prepare and handle food safely is a top priority for our organization and the restaurant and food industry,” said Atkinson. “We must also remember that food safety is equally important at home.”
As part of its observance, the Food Safety Branch is sponsoring the annual Kentucky Retail Food Seminar Sept. 6-8, in Louisville at the Brown Hotel. Approximately 100 food safety professionals from across the state, including state and local health department inspectors and their industry partners, will gather for the continuing education seminar.
For more information on food safety, please log on to the Food Safety Branch Web site at: http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/info/phps/food.htm or call the Food Safety Branch at (502) 564-7181.