Food Service Program
The goal of the food service program is to reduce the risk of food-borne illness associated with the improper storage, preparation and cooking of food. The EH Section permits facilities and conducts food service inspections at a minimum of twice per year. The EH Section also provides education, investigates complaints, and assists the Epidemiology Section with Food-borne Illness Investigations. Environmental Health Specialists operate under the auspices of the Georgia Rules and Regulations governing Food Service, Chapter 290-5-14.
Non-profit Temporary Food Service Vendor Training: Each year in Georgia, communities around the state have various events, fairs, and festivals sponsored by non-profit organizations involving the service of food. The practices surrounding the service of this food is different than that of a traditional food service establishment. Non-profit food vendors who participate in non-profit temporary food events (those sponsored by a county, municipality, or a proven non-profit organization) have the opportunity to attend educational trainings in any of our 13 counties and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training. The certificate will show that they have taken the extra-step to learn more about food safety and protecting the public from foodborne illness. These certificates may be displayed at any non-profit event for up to two years at which time we recommend the vendors return to learn about any changes to the law and gain additional knowledge and skills.
The following training dates have been scheduled at each health department:
Baldwin County: Second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Bibb County: Third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Crawford County: 5:30 p.m. on March 10, June 9, September 8, & December 8
Hancock County: 5:30 p.m. on March 6, June 5, September 4, and December 4
Houston County: Last Friday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Jasper County: 5:30 p.m. on March 3, June 2, September 1, and December 1
Jones County: 6:00p.m. on February 20, April 10, July 10, and October 9
Monroe County: 5:30 p.m. on March 4, June 3, September 2 and December 2
Peach County: 5:00 p.m. on April 11, July 11, and October 10
Putnam County: 7:00 p.m. on April 8, July 8, and October 14
Twiggs County: Third Wednesday of each month March – November at 9:00 a.m.
Washington County: 5:00 p.m. on May 12, August 11, and November 10
Wilkinson County: Third Tuesday of each month March – November at 9:00 a.m.
Rules and Regulations for Food Service, Chapter 290-5-14
Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005 – Information regarding the Georgia Smokefree Air Act
Food Recalls – Recall Information from recalls.gov
Employee Handwashing Poster
Keeping Food Safe During An Emergency – From the USDA website
Information on Reduced Oxygen Packaging
What You Need to Know About Food and Water During Power Outages and Floods
For more information, visit www.georgiaeh.us