Community dinner outbreaks and temporary events

This week’s infosheet focuses on a two recent outbreaks at community dinners and highlights some of the problems that can be associated with these events and how to control them.  For more information on community events check out a post from last week. You can use these infosheets as a training supplement or post them above handwashing sinks, by the schedule or other high traffic areas in a food production area.

Infosheet highlights:

Roping Roundup" in Arizona and "Beast Feast" in Alabama linked to over 100 cases of foodborne illness
Community dinners can provide great fun and food experiences but because they may be at temporary sites, food
preparation, storage and transport can be problematic.
What you need to worry about in a kitchen at a group dinner:
-Temperature control
-Personal Hygiene

Download the infosheet here.

This entry was posted in Food Safety Policy and tagged , , by Ben Chapman. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.