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URI, Hospitality Assoc., Health Dept. to host workshop Apr. 2 to address food safety concerns at fairs and festivals

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 18, 2005 -- Preventing food-borne illness at major fairs and festivals is a considerable challenge, according to URI food safety educator Martha Patnoad. So the R.I. Department of Health requires food booth operators and staff to be trained in food safety for both health and liability reasons.

That’s why the University of Rhode Island’s Cooperative Extension, the Rhode Island Hospitality & Tourism Association and the Department of Health are offering a food safety education workshop on Saturday, April 2 to address these issues. The “Essential Festival Sanitation Basics” class runs from 8 a.m. to noon at the Rhode Island Hospitality & Tourism Association offices, 832 Dyer Ave., Cranston.

“The state requires that all vendors who participate at special events like fairs and festivals adhere to proper food sanitation laws,” said Patnoad. “Food inspectors are on duty to enforce the law at these events. So this course will provide the basic information to help vendors avoid issues that might arise the day of the event.”

The workshop is designed for event planners, food preparers, municipal event coordinators, fraternal organizations, and anyone who handles food at a special event.

The workshop will address cooking and holding requirements, tips for maintaining proper temperature, food transport, outdoor food handling, proper sanitation techniques, documentation and liability issues, and more.

The workshop fee is $69. Space is limited. For more information or to register, contact the Rhode Island Hospitality & Tourism Association at 401-223-1120, or visit its website at