ServSafe® national certification training – April 16, 2013, Georgetown

Is the food you are serving or consuming safely prepared?
ServSafe®-trained staff provides customer confidence!

ServSafe logo 2012The University of Delaware Sussex County Cooperative Extension office in Georgetown will offer ServSafe® food safety course, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The training will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.

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, but is also appropriate for anyone that handles and serves food to the public (cafeterias, churches, halls, schools).

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.

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.  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.”

Delaware Cooperative Extension extends knowledge and changes lives. 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. 24, 2013 New Date! (Changed from previously advertised Sept. 17)

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.

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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