In addition to endless sausage sizzles, folks in Brisbane are forever hosting school fetes, dinners, and homemade goods for sale at the weekly tuck shop.
I’m always wary of such items because I have no idea of the preparation technique, sanitation and storage.
I need 16 hours of training to open a door on a kid’s hockey team, but nothing to offer up food for sale (that’s me this morning, after my practice, and before coaching a kids practice an hour later, getting in some blogging – I was working with the goalies so kept my pads on).
That’s going to change in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island.
The new training rules will come into effect on April 1 and will apply to everyone who is involved in food service, P.E.I. Environmental Health manager Joe Bradley said.
“It is for people to understand their role in preparing food for large groups of people as to prevent foodborne illness.”
At least one person in the group holding the fundraising event in which food is served will be required to have the training and will have to be on site, he said.
“Certainly for community groups, church groups that haven’t had the opportunity to access training yet, we would certainly look at a grace period for them to access that training.”
The required mandatory training takes about one day to complete. The free food safety courses are being offered this month in Charlottetown and Summerside.
A shorter course of just a couple of hours for non-profit groups, churches and community service organizations is being planned, Bradley said.