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AHS offers free, safe food handling courses this month

June 1, 2015

SOUTH ZONE – 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 for the following:

Medicine Hat (June 11):
9 a.m. to noon, Medicine Hat Community Health Services, Multi-purpose Room
2948 Dunmore Rd S.E. Call 403-502-8205

Lethbridge (June 17):
9 a.m. to noon, Lethbridge Community Health (Train Station), Room A132
801 1 Ave. S. Call 403-388-6689

Taber (June 20):
9 a.m. to noon, Taber Provincial Building, Conference Room
5011 49 Ave. 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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