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Food safety institutes held at UTTC
17 August 2003
by Pat Aune

BISMARCK, ND - The importance of food safety was the focus of institutes held at United Tribes Technical College June 1-4 and August 2-4. The training was 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 took the national ServSafe exam to receive formal certification of their food safety knowledge.

Food Safety participants

      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 Land Grant faculty and staff who organized and taught the Institutes: Pat Aune, Wanda Agnew, Kelly Archambault, Katy Churchill, Annette Gefroh, Kim Hinnenkamp, Mark Mindt, and Shelby Weist. Julie Cain provided the opening prayer.

      This 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.

      June participants included: R.J. Young Bird, Four Bears Casino, New Town, Kayla Porras, Bear Soldier Day Care, Fort Yates, Arlene Hagen and James White Body, Fort Berthold Correctional Center, Charlotte Duarte and Belinda Decoteau, Quentin Burdick Health Care Facility in Belcourt, Mary Brunelle and Annette Gefroh, UTTC.

      August participants included: K. Susan Eagle, Rock Creek Grant School, Bullhead, SD and Kimberly Eagle, Joan Church, Sandra Smith and Joleen Fox, Mandaree Public School, William Summers and Greg White, Prairie Knights Casino & Lodge, Brother George Maufort, SDS, Catholic Indian Mission, Fort Yates, Thomas Wong, Fargo, and Cindy Shepherd, Sisseton-Wahpeten Elderly Nutrition Program.

      Additional food safety institutes will be held in November 2004, March and June of 2005. For more information contact Pat Aune, UTTC Extension Food Safety at (701) 255-3285 extension 1399 or e-mail paune@uttc.edu.


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