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    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments' Environmental Health Division notes that most local community calendars from the Memorial Day holiday to the Labor Day observance will feature many community events.  Summertime is outdoor activity time. It's the season for community activities, festivals, and events, family reunions, backyard barbecues and other friendly get-togethers.

    Therefore, the Health Department would like to remind area residents that if you are preparing to serve food to the Public through an event that is serves food on less than three consecutive days and/or no more than 12 intermittent days in any calendar year that you are required to register with the Health Department so that we can better assist you in the sanitation standards of food preparation.

    Dorothy David, Environmental Health Services Director with the Henry and Stark County Health Department, states, "The aim of this registration is not to dictate but to educate.  We really want local food handlers to have the latest and most up-to-date information on food safety.  By registering with the Health Department local food vendors can have the Health Departments staff's expertise and guidance at their disposal."

    David adds, "Offering this education to local event food vendors really is a win-win for everyone.  Food vendors can be confident in the food they prepare and serve, and local residents can rest assured that food purchased at local events is safe."

    The staff of the Health Department urges everyone to practice good food handling habits before, during and after warm weather meals.  Please remember to send your completed food registration forms if you are serving to the public.  Help make summertime fun, delicious and safe.  For more information on the Health Department's Food Program visit our website at or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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