2013 dates for ServSafe, Dine Safe announced by Sussex County Cooperative Extension

Is the food you are eating prepared safely? Knowledgeable, well-trained staff equals customer confidence!

The University of Delaware Sussex County Cooperative Extension office in Georgetown will offer two different levels of food safety courses, ServSafe® and Dine Safe in 2013. Workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. Both ServSafe® and Dine Safe are appropriate for any individual who works for the food industry (restaurant, church cafeteria, school) or who handles, prepares and serves food to the public.

Food safety in a food service establishment is non-negotiable; each year, an estimated 6 to 12 million Americans contract a food-borne illness as a result of micro-organism contamination. These illnesses are preventable. Proper training is the key to preparing food in a safe environment.

Dr. Anne Camasso, Family & Consumer Science educator for Sussex Cooperative Extension,  is a certified ServSafe instructor and a registered ServSafe proctor.  She teaches both ServSafe and Dine Safe at the Carvel Facility in Georgetown.  Camasso said employee instruction in food safety practices is not only vital, but makes good business sense.

“With all the information about food borne illnesses in the news today people want to make sure they get the best for their money, restaurants who can demonstrate that they have done all in their power to provide safe, as well as tasty food, have a better chance of bringing in the business, ” says Camasso. “If someone from your restaurant takes either of these classes, post a copy of their certificate in your facility so show your patrons that you care.”

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The ServSafe® program is the premiere food safety certification offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The program is designed for the food-service professional.

A ServSafe® certificate from the NRAEF will be awarded to individuals who complete the course and receive a passing grade on the written exam.  The cost of $150 for the course covers the training, textbook, lunch, and certification examination from the NRAEF. A reduced course fee of $130 is available for three or more registrants from one establishment. A ServSafe certification is valid for five years and is nationally recognized.

Delaware Dine Safe is a three hour short course designed to focus on the basic principles of food safety and handling. Each participant receives a training guide with the information covered in the program. The instructor will use presentations and hands-on activities to reinforce the lessons taught. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

The Dine Safe training concentrates on five food service topics: Food Safety; Ensuring Proper Personal Hygiene; Purchasing, Receiving and Storing Foods; Preparing Cooking and Serving Food; and Cleaning and Sanitizing. The Dine Safe short course is $25. Dine Safe can be scheduled at a business location provided there are at least 10 employees enrolled.

It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin. If you have special needs, please advise the office upon registering.

Below is the course schedule and contact numbers:

ServSafe® will be taught on:

  • Tues., April 16, 2013
  • Thurs. June 20, 2013
  • Tues., Sept. 17, 2013

All  ServSafe® classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Deadlines to register for ServSafe® are approximately three weeks prior to class date, in order for student to obtain and study materials for the national exam.

Dine Safe ($25) will be offered on:

  • Wed., Feb.13, 2013. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Tues., May 21, 2013.  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept.10,2013. The class runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

There is no exam for Dine Safe.

For a full listing of all food safety classes county and statewide and to download registration forms please visit our food safety website at http://extension.udel.edu/fcs/food-safety/  For more information contact Kim Lewis at 302-856-2585 ext 542.

Child care credits, accepted by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing are available with both courses. Please notify us at registration if you will require a OCCL certificate.

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Kent and Sussex Cooperative Extension offer Master Food Educator training

Have you ever heard of the Master Gardener program?  While the Master Gardeners offer information about best practices in gardening, the Master Food Educator program is for individuals who have an interest in nutrition, food preparation, health, wellness and the education of youth and adults.  Whether you are a foods or nutrition professional or an individual without professional training  Delaware Cooperative Extension educators will provide participants with the information and training needed to help  expand the nutrition education efforts of University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.  The volunteers work in local communities and with organizations assisting with the ongoing initiatives of our organization.

Since the inception of the program in New Castle County, Master Food Educators have staffed educational displays at locations such as the Delaware State Fair, Ag Day, health fairs and expos at schools and businesses.  Additionally, Master Food educators have assisted with or conducted workshops or demonstrations on topics such as food safety, foods selection/preparation, nutrition and diet and stretching your food dollar.  They have also offered school based educational program and assisted with the development of new educational resources.

Registrations are now being accepted from individuals who are interested in becoming Master Food Educators. Training for volunteers from Kent and Sussex County will be offered Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting on Tuesday, Jan. 29 through March 7, 2013. It is open to the public without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, age or national origin.  The training is free in exchange for a commitment of 40 hours of volunteer outreach in the community. Programs will also be offered in Newark for New Castle County residents.

Courses are open to the public without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, age or national origin. The Master Food Educator program provides participants 30 hours of training in the areas of nutrition, diet, health, food safety, food selection and preparation. Cooperative Extension is looking to those who would be willing to take the course and then volunteer 40 hours of time over the next year. Volunteers can choose how they give back time but suggestions might include assisting with the presentation of workshops such as Dining with Diabetes, Eat Smart for a Healthy Heart, Stretching Your Food Dollar and others or participating in other public programs sponsored by Cooperative Extension.

Individuals who are interested in nutrition, diet and health issues, want to learn, would enjoy working with and helping others or want to be affiliated with a professional organization are perfect candidates for this program.  Applications must be received by January 18, 2013. Classes will be conducted at UD’s Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown.

For more information about this training and to obtain an application please contact:

Kent County – Kathleen Splane (302) 730-4000 or,

Sussex County – Anne Camasso  (302) 856-7303.

Information and the application are also available on the Master Food Educator Volunteer Program website: http://extension.udel.edu/fcs/master-food-educator-volunteer-program/