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Published 24th September 2009, 2:27pm

The public is advised that the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has scheduled basic food handlers' training courses over the next few months.

Each one-day course will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Cayman Islands Environmental Centre (the DEH location) at 580 North Sound Road. The CI$15 registration fee includes literature.

Upon completion of this course, food handlers will have sufficient knowledge to prevent food-borne illness and the spread of disease.

Certification lasts for three years at which point persons wishing to continue as food handlers must renew their training. Anyone needing certification at this time is urged to register as soon as possible.

"Persons planning to handle food for public consumption during the coming Pirates Week festival should make it a priority to register for one of the earlier courses," advised DEH Food Hygiene & Safety Officer Gideon Simms.

The basic food handlers' course schedule is as follows:

  • 23 September
  • 7 October
  • 21 October
  • 4 November
  • 18 November
  • 2 December

For more information and to register, call the DEH at 949-6696.