National Food Safety Education Month

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Mercer Co. Health Department announced today that it will participate in the National Restaurant Association's annual National Food Safety Education Month in September to showcase its commitment to food safety education and training. This annual food safety campaign strives to build awareness of the restaurant and food service industry's commitment to excellence in food safety education and training.

"We are all excited about participating in National Food Safety Education Month this September," said Darla Ball, Environmental Health Inspector, Mercer County Health Department. "Food safety is, and always has been, our highest priority. We take food safety education and training very seriously to ensure that the highest quality meals are provided to the residents and guests of Mercer County every day. While we are committed to excellence in food safety year-round, we are taking the opportunity to share and highlight our commitment during this campaign."

Mercer County Health Department will be offering the Illinois Department of Public Health Certified Food Service Manager's Course and Refresher Course on September 14 - 15 from 8 - 4 each day. If you are interested in attending this class, please contact the office, space is filling up fast. Additional food service classes will be offered throughout the year. This course provides valuable food safety knowledge and helps assure that important food safety techniques are being followed at all times during operation. Food safety education materials are available at Mercer County Health Department.

This year's National Food Safety Education Month theme is "Lessons Learned from the Health Inspection". It is the goal of the Health Inspector to partner with restaurant and retail owners and managers to educate them and their staff on the importance of food safety practices throughout the entire facility. For more information about National Food Safety Education Month, visit the NFSEM website at