FDA Training and More Food
This week I was able to work on a variety of things, most of them having to do with food. On Monday, I went down to Albuquerque and then off to Laguna to survey food stands at their feast day. Feasts are always a good way to start of the week because who doesn’t enjoy some homemade green chili? On Wednesday and Thursday I attended a FDA training focusing on food inspections for temporary food vendors. The training was primarily lecture based with some group activities. The most interesting presentation highlighted the strategy the state of New Mexico uses to inspect temporary events. I learned about an event they have every year in January – The Matanza. The Matanza is a social gathering in which live pigs are butchered and their parts are cooked up and served to the public to judge for best taste. There’s obviously many food safety issues with this type of celebration, but the state has made some improvements – putting foil under the hanging hides used for chicharones and replacing old wooden tables with smooth plastic tables for the butchering. Today I was able to inspect some food booths at the Teseque Flea Market, which was really fun because we were able to do a little shopping after we finished our surveys. I’m looking forward to dinner at my supervisor’s house tonight and white water rafting in Taos tomorrow!