I want to provide food at a public event - Do I need to have a license?
The short answer is YES. And the long answer is:
Food is a very important part of most of our community festivities and by following basic food safety guidelines and common sense, it can be done successfully and profitably.
The very first step, prior to any food service event is to obtain the proper licensure as required by State law. A food service establishment is defined as a place where food or drink is prepared, served, or provided to the public at retail, with or without charge. The term “food service establishment’ does not include vendors of prepackaged, nonperishable foods in their unbroken, original container such as pop or candy bars, or private organizations serving food only to its members.
CITY BY THE BAY — I Left my Heart in San Francisco, was a song made famous by Tony Bennett. The skyline of the city is shown here and the subject of Petersons monthly travel article. Photo courtesy of Cindy Habets Peterson
Special to the I-O by Cindy Habets Peterson
It is difficult not to be inspired, on a daily basis, by San Francisco.
After much time on the road and as semi-permanent houseguests, we have once again marked this West Coast urban center as our permanent address.
Our full-time wandering days behind us for the moment, we are fortunate to call one of the most-visited cities in the world our home. And with the approach of summer vacation season, I was inspired to dedicate my next few articles to locations closer to home.
For the next couple months I’ll be taking a break from countries requiring a passport stamp or a visa to highlight on some of the amazing locations we have right here in the Western United States.
TRAUMA CERTIFICATION — Ruth Erickson, director of ambulance services, and Laura Erickson RN, trauma coordinator at the Pondera Medical Center, hold a plaque in the ER Room showing the hospital has been designated continuous certification as a Trauma Receiving Facility. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Pondera Medical Center (PMC) recently received continued certification as a Trauma Receiving Facility from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.
In March 2009, the hospital met state and federal requirements proving its readiness and training to respond to patients with trauma injuries, receiving a one year certification as a Trauma Receiving Facility.
The PMC recently completed a trauma report to the state and received full trauma designation status effective through March 2012.
All of the Emergency Room staff has received Advanced Trauma training that focuses on a systematic, standardized approach to care of the injured patient, which significantly reduces patient mortality.