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Food safety training scheduled at United Tribes
15 July 2004

BISMARCK, ND - The importance of food safety is the focus of training scheduled for August 2 - 4 at United Tribes Technical College.

      The training institute, "Together Sharing Food Safely," is part of a three-year program in food safety education, funded, in part, by the USDA National Integrated Food Safety Initiative. The program is the first of its kind at a tribal college.

      "We have a 'hands-on' approach to this training," said Pat Aune, UTTC Extension Food Safety Educator. "We're inviting people to join us, meet new people and learn about food safety in a way that's culturally relevant."

      The training is designed for food service managers and staff, food vendors, daycare workers, private restaurant owners, public health workers, casino kitchen staff, and anyone seeking employment in the food service industry.

      The UTTC Food Safety Program works with tribal members and others to "share food safely" in homes, at celebrations and powwows, and in businesses.

      During the institute, participants will take the national ServSafe exam to receive formal certification of their food safety knowledge.

      Training covers the importance of food safety, how to avoid health problems caused by poor food handling, food codes, hand washing and personal hygiene, improved food cleaning and sanitation procedures, and safe cooking times and temperatures.

      UTTC's ServSafe certified staff includes Kelly Archambault, Pat Aune, Katy Churchill, Kim Hinnenkamp, Wanda Agnew, Suzy Thorson, Shelby Weist, Dennis Lucier, Merry Brunelle, and Annette Gefroh.

      Instruction is based on the ServSafe Coursebook, Third Edition. Participants receive printed resources and food safety references, UTTC's Together, Sharing Food Safely CD, and numerous food safety tools. Coaching and encouragement about food safety concepts will help participants become more confident with the national testing procedure.

      The pre-registration deadline is Friday, July 23. Because the class size is limited, enrolled members or employees of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa receive preference. On-campus lodging is available at UTTC at a cost of $20 per night. A $35 registration fee will cover institute expenses and some meals.

      The institute is sponsored by UTTC's Land Grant Extension Program, USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative.

      For more information contact Pat Aune, Extension Food Safety Educator, United Tribes Technical College, 701-255-3285 x 1399 or e-mail paune@uttc.edu.


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