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Health Department offers food safety course

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 2:58 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 3:00 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — The Bureau-Putnam Health Department will be offering a food handler safety class several times through the rest of 2014.

This one-day education course will meet the requirements for receiving a food handler certificate. A food handler certificate is required by the Illinois Department of Public Health for food workers who do not have their Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate. This food handler certificate lasts for three years and is not transferable from establishment to establishment. Upon completion of the course, a certificate will be given to each attendee and will meet the requirements for the food handler certification course. This training is required to be taken by Dec. 31. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, all employees at all establishments that handle, prepare or touch food will be required to have this certificate. The certificates earned at these certification courses will be required to be presented to the health department personnel during inspections.

All classes run from 9 to 11 a.m. The list of dates is: Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. The cost for the course is $10. The first 50 people to reserve a spot in the course will be able to attend. The course will be taught at the conference room at the Bureau/Putnam County Health Department in Princeton. To reserve a spot, call 815-872-5091, ext. 214, for Andy Swartz and ext. 216 for Danette Smith. Bring a photo ID and proof of employment.

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