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Penn State DuBois Offers State Mandated Food Service Program

1/31/2008 —

DUBOIS – Penn State DuBois in partnership with Cooperative Extension will offer a statewide food safety course designed to meet the food certification requirements for food service managers, chefs, caterers, cooks, health officials, and inspectors.  The 15-hour class will meet on Tuesday, February 5 and February 19, 2008 at Penn State DuBois. 

The ServSafe training program fulfills Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requirements for the Food Employee Certification Act in the categories of food service, retail, and bakery.  Under this act, all food service establishments must employ or designate at least one certified supervisory employee.  This requirement includes retail and bakery establishments. The course is a nationally recognized certification program that teaches safe food-handling practices that protect customers, increase profitability, reduce liability, and enhance a business' competitive position. The program focuses on the issues of contamination, storage, preparation, serving, and food safety regulations and standards.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 76 million cases of food-borne illnesses result in approximately 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. About 95 percent of all food-borne illnesses are caused by the mishandling of food.

Participants who complete the program and pass the examination will receive their ServSafe Certification from the National Restaurant Association and may apply for the state Department of Agriculture certificate required by the Food Employee Certification Act.

For more information call 814-375-4715, class size is limited.

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