Safe Food Events
Most people know that a successful food event is a safe food event. Few people realize that preparing and serving food can be dangerous. Food poisoning resulting from improperly prepared food is often easy to prevent. Approximately 48 million people are affected by food borne illnesses each year in the United States, resulting in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Common symptoms of food borne illness include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, fever, and other "flu-like" symptoms. This is why the Michigan Food Law requires a license and an inspection prior to serving food to the public, even if there is no charge for the food. Reduce the risk of getting sick by checking to see that a license is posted before eating at the next food event.
Anyone organizing a food event at a festival, community fundraiser, or other special event is required to contact Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties to see if a Temporary Food License is required. Event organizers will be advised to keep the menu simple and use key food safety principles to reduce the potential for a food borne illness. Contact Public Health to learn how to make your food event a safe and successful one.