Food Safety Training Expands Food Options for Events
The Student Center is offering free food safety training sessions in the spring 2016 semester for student organizations and departments that wish to bring homemade food items for events, as well as for anyone wishing to learn more about food safety. The new training offerings began last spring as part of the center’s new non-commercially prepared food exception policy, which allows organizations and departments to bypass catering requirements for certain events.
The next training session will be Tuesday, February 2, 4-5:15 p.m., in Student Center East, Room 218.
To accommodate client needs, Student Center’s Event Management and the Advisory Council updated the center’s food policy in spring 2015, and the training requirement was added to ensure food safety. Previously, exceptions to the center’s requirement to use a licensed caterer only applied to certain snack foods.
We want students and departments to be able to have the kind of events that they’d like. If what they would really like to have in order to have a successful event is a particular type of food that is not easy to find from a licensed caterer, we don’t want to limit it.
– Jeannie Cho, event planning manager
The training also offers an opportunity for university community members to enhance their life skills, which is an objective of the Division of Student Affair’s current strategic plan. Students, faculty and staff can attend a session to learn basic food safety for use at home.
Many home cooks have never taken any food safety training courses. You learn at home by watching parents, grandmother, cooking shows. So you may know how to boil pasta or put chicken in the oven, but do you know how to keep yourself and your friends and family safe while doing so?
Food safety training is offered as both an in-person training session and a self-study option. It is taught by Cho, who has been a certified instructor and proctor for food safety training on the national level for over eight years. In that time, she has certified over 4,000 food safety professionals. Cho’s credentials provide her with the expertise to conduct 75 minute classes at Georgia State University. Although the Student Center training sessions do not provide certification in food safety, participants will learn food safety tips highlighted in the national program. Training is followed by an assessment, a multiple-choice quiz meant to make sure attendees have absorbed key points about food safety to share with fellow organization members.
After successfully completing a training session, clients can request approval to serve homemade food at their event by submitting a Non-Commercially Prepared Food Exception Request form to the Student Center Event Management office three weeks prior to the event date.
A minimum of two representatives of the organization must attend food safety training to be eligible to serve homemade food at events in the West Exhibit Area in the Urban Life Center and Veterans Memorial Hall in Dahlberg Hall. At least one training attendee must be an organization officer. Training is good for two consecutive semesters, fall and spring. For more information, contact Student Center Event Management at 404-413-1870.
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