At my very first ever contest I had to deal with Health Dept right at chicken turn in. So the next year at the same contest I asked at the cooks meeting about the health dept and was told we would only have to deal with them if we were doing public tasting. We were the very first spot from the check in area and was NOT doing PC however health dept still came over(at least it was a better time Saturday morning) and checked temps but mainly if we had 3 wash basins and the proper sanitizer to water ratio. We were OK(had to add a tad more sanitizer) and after she left to the next team I went to the organizer and told her. I dont know exactly what happened from there except eventually the Rep came over and as far as I know it stopped. The way the Rep explained to me was that he had to tell the lady from HD that this was a private type event and the HD can ONLY go to teams doing PC. This was a couple of years ago KCBS.
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