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WV HEAT Spreads Awareness About The Restaurant Industry’s Food Safety Practices During September’s National Food Safety Education Month 2004

September 01, 2004

Charleston, W. Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Hospitality Education and Training (HEAT) announced today it will partner with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) to participate in the 2004 National Food Safety Education Month in September. This year’s theme, “Be aware when you prepare,” focuses on the important procedures necessary for preparing food safely.  

Created by the NRAEF’s International Food Safety Council, this annual food safety campaign strives to: build awareness of the restaurant and foodservice industry’s commitment to serving safe food; heighten awareness about the importance of food safety education; and encourage additional food safety training for all industry employees and foodservice students.  

“We’re thrilled that the WV HEAT office is taking part in National Food Safety Education Month,” said John Farquharson FMP, president of the NRAEF’s International Food Safety Council. “Our state educational institutions are a critical component in training our industry on the importance of food safety.”  

In order to spread the word about food safety to more than 1200 students enrolled in ProStart Programs across West Virginia, the HEAT office will be supplying each school that offers ProStart with educational posters to display in their classrooms and five weeks of foodservice safety activity programming. ProStart is a two-year course of study developed by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation and is administered in West Virginia by the NRAEF and HEAT. ProStart allows 11th and 12th graders to learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for success in restaurant management and culinary arts careers. Forty-three ProStart programs are currently in operation within West Virginia.  

“We are excited about participating in this month-long campaign,” said State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart. “Americans are aware of food safety now more than ever before and, through National Food Safety Education Month, we have the opportunity to highlight what we are doing through the ProStart Programs in West Virginia to educate students about proper food safety procedures.”  

For additional information regarding other ProStart activities that will be occurring in West Virginia during National Food Safety Education Month, contact Greg Atkinson, HEAT Coordinator, at 304-558-3896 or by email at glatkins@access.k12.wv.us.  

To obtain materials and information on how to get involved in National Food Safety Education Month, visit the NRAEF Web Site at www.nraef.org/nfsem.

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