Kitchen courses offered

Kitchen courses offered

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 8:00 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 one of two upcoming courses presented by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Food Science and Technology and UT Extension.
UT will present Domestic Kitchen — Tennessee Food Safety Certification in Nashville and Knoxville this fall.
Dr. Michael Davidson, a UT food microbiologist, and Dr. Faith Critzer, a UT Extension food safety specialist, will cover regulations for establishments using domestic kitchen facilities for bakery and other non-potentially hazardous foods intended for sale.
The Nashville session will be held 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Ellington Agricultural Center, Ed Jones Auditorium, 440 Hogan Road.
The Knoxville course will be held 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT, Oct. 12 at the UT Plant Biotechnology Building, Room 160. The building is located at 2505 E.J. Chapman Drive on the UT agricultural campus.
Preregistration with payment is mandatory, and the $100 registration fee is nonrefundable. Registration includes instruction materials, lunch and certificate. Note the Knoxville session requires an additional $5 parking fee.
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.
For more information or to enroll in any of the classes, contact Nancy Austin at (865) 974-7717 or naustin@utk.edu. To enroll online, visit http://tiny.utk.edu/fstcourses.
The course also is available online through the UT Extension Online Learning website at http://tiny.utk.edu/kitchencert. The course fee is $75, which is payable online. First-time site users must create an account.

Published in The Messenger 9.19.12

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