Health District Reminds Consumers To Check For Food Permit


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The South Central Public Health District is reminding all who sell potentially hazardous foods they must have a Food establishment permit. SCPHD said it was recently brought to their attention that some “buy and sell” users on Facebook are selling foods that may fall under the definition of a potentially hazardous food. Those are foods that can support the growth of pathogenic organisms. Some examples of PHFs include:

• Cooked or smoked meats (chicken, beef, pork)
• Ceviche or cooked pasta dishes
• Cut melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
• Cold cuts (sandwich meats)
• Soft cheeses (cream cheese, feta)

The Code requires a person that prepares PHFs for sale to the public to do so in a permitted food establishment and be inspected.
“The purpose of the food code is to safeguard public health and provide to consumers food that is safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented.” says Josh Jensen, SCPHD Food Program Coordinator. “With that in mind, we invite individuals to contact our Environmental Health Specialists in order to help determine whether their product is considered PHF and if they would be required to obtain a food establishment permit from SCPHD.”

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