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Domestic Kitchen Certification required, course set for July 22

Domestic Kitchen Certification required, course set for July 22

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:01 pm

KNOXVILLE — Individuals who use a domestic kitchen to prepare, manufacture and sell food to the public can ensure their facilities meet Tennessee Department of Agriculture regulations through an upcoming course presented by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Food Science Technology Department and UT Extension faculty.
Domestic Kitchen — Tennessee Food Safety Certification will be held 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 22 at Jonesborough United Methodist Church, 211 West Main St., Jonesborough.
UT food microbiologist Dr. Michael Davidson and UT Extension food safety specialist Dr. William Morris will cover regulations for establishments using domestic kitchen facilities for bakery and other non-potentially hazardous foods intended for sale.
Davidson and Morris are the only individuals in the State of Tennessee qualified and approved by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to grant certification for domestic kitchens.
Individuals interested in forming a catering business (made-to-order birthday cakes, wedding cakes, etc.) are not required to take this course and should contact a local health department for information regarding regulations. Examples of potentially hazardous foods that cannot be processed in a domestic kitchen include salsa, pickled vegetables, relishes or chow-chow, cheesecakes, canned vegetables or meats, fermented vegetables and dairy or meat products.
Individuals with an inside pet of any kind will not qualify as a food manufacturer under the Domestic Kitchen Rule.
Preregistration with payment is mandatory, and the $100 registration fee is nonrefundable. Registration includes instruction materials, lunch and certificate.
For more information or to enroll, contact Nancy Austin at (865) 974-7717 or naustin@utk.edu. To enroll online, visit http://tinyurl.com/fst0710.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; the UT College of Veterinary Medicine; UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers; and UT Extension with offices in all 95 Tennessee counties.
Published in The Messenger 7.14.10

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