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- Health Unit Waives Fee for Upcoming Food Handler Course in Kawartha Lakes to Promote Food Safety Skills -

Whoever said there is nothing free in life was obviously unaware of no-cost courses being offered by the Health Unit to promote food safety skills.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is waiving the normal $40 per person fee for the next Food Handler Courses being offered in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County. These free Food Handler Course will be offered as follows:

• On Wednesday, February 25, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Health Unit office (108 Angeline St. S.) in Lindsay. For more information or to register, call the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569 or toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

• On Wednesday, March 4, from 9 am to 5 pm, at the Health Unit office (200 Rose Glen Rd.) in Port Hope. For more information or to register for the course, call (905) 885-9100 or 1-866-888-4577.

The courses are limited to the first 25 people, so individuals are encouraged to reserve a spot as soon as possible. To make them more convenient, Food Handler Courses are now offered in one full day session. Upon registering, participants will receive a Food Safety Booklet that they are encouraged to review prior to the course.

The Health Unit’s Food Handler Courses are very popular and especially geared to those working in restaurants and other food establishments. A Public Health Inspector leads the course, teaching participants how to handle and prepare food safely. Upon successful completion, participants receive a certificate indicating they are registered as a certified food handler. The certificate is valid for five years.

By offering the popular courses free-of-charge, the Health Unit wants to further promote safe food handling practices, especially for those individuals who work in the food and hospitality industry.

“When everyone cooks, handles and stores food safely, the risk of foodborne illness is greatly reduced,” says Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Environmental Health with the HKPR District Health Unit.

The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that roughly one in eight Canadians (or four million people) get sick each year due to food-borne diseases in this country.

For a full list of Food Handler Courses being offered by the Health Unit throughout 2015, click here.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Richard Ovcharovich, Manager, Environmental Health, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-4569 or 1-866-888-4577.

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