Food workers here requied to take training

By BESS HINSON State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The Franklin County Health Department now requires additional training for food service employees. The training certification requirement went into effect July 1.

All persons in food service in Franklin County, except hostesses and cashiers who have no contact with food, must attend an hour-long training session at the health department.

Kendra Palmer, of the environmental services office, said all participants pay a $5 fee and managers pay $10.

"Training includes a video produced by the Fayette County Health Department promoting proper sanitation, hand washing, prevention of bacterial cross-contamination and dish washing," Palmer said.

Palmer said a 20-question quiz follows the video.

Palmer said the Environmental Health Advisory Council first suggested and then passed the requirement.

Franklin County Judge-Executive Teresa Barton, who serves as chairwoman of the council, said the Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services plans to require food handler training programs statewide in the next year.

"We wanted to get started," Barton said.

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