Posted Monday, November 1st, 2010

The Morris County Office of Health Management and the Morris Regional Public Health Partnership will be offering safe food handling and emergency preparedness training sessions for food handlers.

The training is free and will review safe food handling practices that prevent foodborne illness in accordance with New Jersey regulations.

The sessions, which will be offered in two languages, will take place Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon in English; Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in Spanish; and Nov. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in English.

All three training sessions will take place at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., in Parsippany.

Food handlers are responsible for ensuring the safety of the food sold in restaurants and other food venues.

Each year about 76 million illnesses occur in the United States and more than 300,000persons are hospitalized, said Arlene Stoller of the Morris County Office of Health Management.

Tracking single cases of foodborne illness and investigating outbreaks are a critical role of public health, she said. This program will ensure that every food handler in Morris County has the opportunity to attend an educational training to improve skills and ensure serving safe food, Stoller said.

Registration is required and may be accomplished by calling 973-835-5700, ext. 112.