Re: PROPER FOOD HANDLING QUESTIONS
Thu, 23 Apr 1998 00:36:30 EDT
In a message dated 4/22/98 4:24:36 PM, bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM wrote:
<<Does anyone know of a good resource for proper food handling rules?
There must be some government site or health care site which addresses this,
U.S.D.A., F.D.A., etc. Also, is there a committee at National addressing this
issue. I've never seen anything about it in Scoutmaster Training or BSA
literature, but then, I haven't read everything printed by BSA.
This is an area where I have some personal knowledge. A Scouting friend and
colleague of mine, Tom Ford, and I invented and patented (USPatent 5,622,137)
a disposable single use food thermometer to assure that food is thoroughly
There are two national agencies, the FDA and the USDA which have primary
responsibility for food safety. The USDA has responsibility for meat and
poultry; the FDA has everything else, except fish. Really no one has fish
although the Dept. of Commerce has instituted a voluntary program.
Sites to start with to obtain this information are
As far as National BSA is concerned, Tom is a Past Council President,
currently Area VP, holds a degree in Food Science from MIT and holds the
Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope. He is on the area camp inspection team for
New England and is careful about food safety. I have put him in touch with
the National BS camping committee. I believe they are following up, but it
never hurts to jiggle their elbow.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City