Public health officials advise consumers searching for catering services to make sure the caterer they choose has all the essentials, most importantly a food service permit.
Here are some tips on choosing a legal caterer:
Choosing the wrong caterer can lead to a food-borne illness outbreak. The Health Department works with the food service industry to help ensure that the cooking, holding, and cooling temperatures are adequate to prevent food from becoming contaminated in food service facilities. Food workers should use scientifically proven, healthy food-handling practices, keep raw and cooked foods from becoming cross-contaminated, and ensure that food employees know these and other factors that prevent food-borne illness.
Customers can make the difference by reporting an unlicensed catering businesses to the Mississippi Department of Health.