Foodborne illness (what we usually call "food poisoning) is a common, costly -- yet preventable -- public health problem. Each year, one in six Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. In an effort to ensure this doesn't happen to you, the nutrition services staff of Delta County Memorial Hospital recently completed the State of Colorado's food handler's course. By taking this training, food handlers learn the principles of safe food handling in the workplace. Everyone in the DCMH nutrition services department completed this course, from the dietitians to the dishwashers and baristas.
This is part of an effort to provide the best for hospital customers, from patients in the hospital to visitors to the cafeteria and coffee shop, said Mary Grosvenor, director of the department. "We worked with the Delta County Health Department to complete this course and get all of our staff certified. While for many of us the class was a good refresher and reminder of the importance of safe food handling, for staff new to the department this is an essential part of their training," Grosvenor said.
In the words of Elaine Sakala, DCMH infection preventionist, "Making the effort to complete this certification demonstrates the dedication of the department to assuring safe, as well as delicious, meals to our community."