AHS to offer food-handling course for local community event organizers

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
May 2, 2018 - 10:09am

LETHBRIDGE – With spring finally making its way to Southern Alberta, events in the community are right around the corner.

Alberta Health Services is inviting any individuals or groups planning special events where food will be served to attend a free food-handling course.

The course, offered by the Environmental Public Health team at AHS, educates volunteer food handlers and event organizers about the potential health risks associated with food-borne illnesses, as well as the steps necessary to mitigate those risks.

There will be a pair of courses offered, one in May and one in June, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course space is limited, so AHS asks that anyone interested call 403-388-6689 to register as soon as possible for one of the following dates:

 - May 17: 9 a.m. to noon, Lethbridge Seniors Citizens Organization, 500 11 St., Room AB
 - June 27: 9 a.m. to noon, Southern Alberta Ethnic Association, 421 6 Ave. S, Hall A

A release states organizers of special community events where food will be served are required to notify AHS Environmental Public Health at least 30 days before it takes place.

Vendors intending to serve food at these functions also must notify AHS 14 days prior to the event, but restricted events like private weddings, meetings and retreats do not require AHS notification.

For more information on food safety, including necessary forms and a list of all AHS Environmental Public Health offices, you can visit the AHS website

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