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Health Department Announces First Annual Food Safety Lecture Series

(Mason City) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is pleased to announce the first annual food safety lecture series on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

The first installment of the lecture series will start with guest speaker, Joshua Swiger, who will address the risks involved with food handling practices and the consequences of poor food safety.  Swiger is a partner with Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn and Dial Law Firm, representing clients throughout the country dealing with foodborne illness matters.

Since 2010, the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health has been undergoing changes to their food safety and assessment program by increasing the frequency of assessments, promoting active managerial control, and enhancing communication between the Department and food facilities. As part of the change, the Department has signed up for the “Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards” program through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Not only are we asking the food facilities to achieve a higher standard of food safety, but we are holding ourselves to a higher standard by signing on to this program as well,” states Brian Hanft, Environmental Health Services Manager for the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health. “We want the public to know that we are working together to ensure food safety is a priority throughout our communities. This lecture series is just one piece of the food safety puzzle and we are excited about this opportunity,” says Hanft.

The food safety discussion will be held at North Iowa Area Community College Auditorium from 1:30 PM- 4:00 PM. For more information, please visit our website at www.cghealth.com or call (641) 421-9340.

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