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AHS offers free, safe food handling courses next month

April 28, 2015

LETHBRIDGE – Individuals or groups planning special community events where food will be served are invited to attend safe food handling courses, offered free of charge by Alberta Health Services’ (AHS’) Environmental Public Health.

These courses educate volunteer food handlers and event organizers about the potential health risks associated with food-borne illnesses, as well as the steps necessary to mitigate those risks. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Course space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

Register for the following courses:

Medicine Hat (May 12):
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Medicine Hat Community Health Services, Multipurpose Room
Call 403-502-8205

Lethbridge (May 21):
9 a.m. to noon, Lethbridge Community Health (Train Station), Room A132
Call 403-388-6689

Organizers of special community events where food will be served are required to notify AHS Environmental Public Health at least 30 days before the event takes place; vendors intending to serve food at these functions must also notify AHS 14 days prior to the event. Restricted events – including private weddings, meetings and retreats – do not require AHS notification.

This course does not meet the requirement for food safety training in commercial facilities.

For more information on food safety, including necessary forms and a list of all AHS Environmental Public Health offices, visit

To view and register for AHS Environmental Public Health courses online, visit

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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