Winnebago County offers new food code training sessions

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Oct. 22, 2018, 3:05 p.m.

Winnebago County is offering several training sessions this week to help restaurant owners and operators become familiar with new food codes coming into place next year.

The sessions are intended to help owners understand changes and new practices for preventing foodborne illnesses.

The first session will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at 555 N. Court St. Two more sessions are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 6799 Guilford Rd.

The Winnebago County Health Department asks people to register for the sessions on its website​ or by calling 815-720-4100.

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Published: Oct. 17, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

The Winnebago County Health Department is almost finished with adopting a new food code for the state of Illinois. Just like any new food codes, these bring many changes with them. The changes primarily target local restaurant owners and their employees.

Lisa Sprecher of the Winnebago County Health Department said, "One of the main goals of the new codes are to reduce the factors of food borne illness and to lessen the amount of potential cases in Winnebago County."

The Winnebago County Health Department will hold education training sessions on the new food code for area restaurant owners and operators beginning next week. These sessions will show the attendees the steps to prevent food-borne illness what steps they need to take to be in compliant with the codes.

With constant changes every year, local restaurant owners are looking forward to the changes that are coming next year. Rich Schmidt, Owner of the Backyard Grill and Bar locations in Loves Park and Roscoe says, "I think everyone forgets. They work with you and not against you."

The Winnebago County Health Department will soon have a website where you can see violations of area restaurants to see what was marked as a violation. The new food codes go into effect beginning in January 2019.