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Take food safety class Thursday

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Placer County’s Environmental Health Division’s Consumer Protection Section has scheduled a free class on temporary food facilities, designed to help event coordinators and sellers keep food safe and comply with the law. The class will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday March 4, at the Placer County Environmental Health Department, in the Cypress Room at the Community Development Resource Center, 3091 County Center Drive in Auburn. “Keeping food safe during outdoor events can be a challenge,” said Richard Brown, supervising registered environmental health specialist with the Consumer Protection Team. “That’s why our Consumer Protection Team is here as a resource, to provide you with as much information and training as possible. That’s also why the state’s California Retail Food Code Laws sets guidelines, such as provisions for washing hands and utensils.” The state law applies applies service clubs, youth groups, school or political organizations that sell food at community events, such as fairs and festivals. “Some kinds of food selling booths bring little or no risk – such as selling canned soft drinks and commercially-packaged cookies,” Brown said. “However, when volunteers actually prepare foods more likely to cause food borne illness, they must use much more stringent preparation and storage guidelines. Our staff will help guide you through the requirements, the associated risks and the easiest solutions for your organization. The Consumer Protection Team will also explain the permit application processes and other issues pertaining to each specific event. For more information or to make a reservation, call 530-745-2300.