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Decatur Celebration: Somebody is watching your food

Decatur Celebration: Somebody is watching your food

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Visitors ride amusements during the PNC Bank Family Night at the Carnival in the Decatur Civic Center parking lot to kick off Decatur Celebration festivities Thursday.

Macon County Health Department inspector Whitney Allison and five of her co-workers began their time at the Decatur Celebration inspecting all 56 food vendors. Before food could be served, the vendors had to pass the health inspection.

The inspectors watched for the vendor’s opportunity to properly wash their hands as well as the proper set up such as a sink. They also studied the area for proper sanitizing, taking the temperature of the food and certain types of thermometers.

“We will be out here everyday,” Allison said. “For the Celebration, we check once a day, but they don’t know when.”

The food vendor must also have a food handler or food manager certificate. If the vendor did not have a certificate, the health department offered a class at noon on Friday at Central Park. “We had information on food handling available for them,” Allison said.

Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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