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Penn State Offers Food Safety Course

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
April 30, 2024
Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Penn State Extension)

Penn State Extension will host a food-safety course in McKeesport designed for volunteers who may be working at community events this year.

“Cooking for Crowds for Volunteers” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 4 at Penn State Greater Allegheny, said Elizabeth Kocsis, Penn State Extension educator and Nutrition Links Supervisor for Allegheny County

Cooking for Crowds is a food safety course intended specifically to address safe food handling of foods served by volunteer-based organizations. It covers topics such as how food becomes unsafe, preparation practices to keep food safe, and purchasing and storage of food and supplies.

Volunteers will learn:

• How to safely prepare and serve food in large quantities
• Risks involved with preparing food in large quantities and how to prevent them
• Causes of foodborne illness
• How to prevent cross-contamination
• How to control time and temperature of food
• How to practice good personal hygiene
• How to clean and sanitize before and after preparing food
• How to plan a successful food event

The course costs $20 for individuals and $50 for a group or organization.

To sign up, visit the website or call 1-877-345-0691 Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences research and extension programs are funded in part by Pennsylvania counties, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Originally published April 30, 2024.

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