Food For Thought Special Edition: At the South Plains Fair - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/24/09

Food For Thought Special Edition: At the South Plains Fair

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As workers prepare the rides on the Midway at the South Plains Fair, health inspectors are making sure the other big attraction is ready as well.

"We do want to make sure (the food is) safe for when people get here. Protecting the public health is our main goal out here. We want to make sure they have plenty of hand washing, they have soap, paper towels, thermometers for food temperatures, they're keeping the proper temperatures, they're keeping stuff hot (or cold) enough," says Ward Garner, City of Lubbock Health Inspector.

More than 60 food vendors will be enticing your taste buds at the fair this year. Each one must go through a trough inspection before receiving their 10-day food permit. "When we get through with all our initial inspections all week we'll spot-check, but last year and previous years we haven't really had any big problems or anything," says Garner.

So when it comes to fair food, all you need to worry about is whether you're going to pick the corn dog, turkey leg, pig on a stick or the stomach ache if you eat them all. "Feel safe when you come out here because we're on it," assures Garner.

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