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RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall is the public information director of the Henry/Stark Health Departments.
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Rae-Ann Tucker-Marshall
Henry-Stark Health Department
Aug. 7, 2013 10 a.m.

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments' Environmental Health

Division notes that most local community calendars from the July 4th holiday

to the Labor Day observance will feature many community events. Summertime

is outdoor activity time. It's the season for community activities,

festivals, and events, family reunions, backyard barbecues and other

friendly get-togethers.

Therefore, the Health Department would like to remind area residents

that if you are preparing to serve food to the Public through an event that

is up to two consecutive days and/or no more than 12 intermittent days in

any calendar year that you are required to register with the Health

Department so that we can better assist you in the sanitation standards of

food preparation.

Dorothy David, Environmental Health Services Director with the Henry and

Stark County Health Department, states, "The aim of this registration is not

to dictate but to educate. We really want local food handlers to have the

latest and most up-to-date information on food safety. By registering with

the Health Department local food vendors can have the Health Departments

staff's expertise and guidance at their disposal."

David adds, "Offering this education to local event food vendors really

is a win-win for everyone. Food vendors can be confident in the food they

prepare and serve, and local residents can rest assured that food purchased

at local events is safe."

The staff of the Health Department urges everyone to practice good food

handling habits before, during and after warm weather meals. Please

remember to send your completed food registration forms if you are serving

to the public. Help make summertime fun, delicious and safe.

For more information on the Health Department's Food Program call (309)

852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on

Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

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