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Penn State DuBois Offers State Mandated Food Service Program

3/22/2010 —

DUBOIS - A mandatory state-wide food safety course designed to meet the food certification requirements for food service managers, chefs, caterers, cooks, health officials, and inspectors will be offered by Penn State DuBois in partnership with the Penn State Cooperative Extension.


The ServSafe Program fulfills the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requirements for the Food Employee Certification Act, which states that all establishments in the food service industry must employ or designate at least one certified supervisory employee.


The program focuses on the issues of contamination, storage, preparation, serving, and food safety regulations and standards.


Each year in the United States, an estimated 76 million cases of food-borne illnesses result in approximately 5,000 deaths. About 95 percent of all food-borne illnesses are caused by the mishandling of food.


The 15-hour class will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at Penn State DuBois.


For more information call (814) 372-3005; class size is limited.  If you are seeking recertification, you must contact Rick Kralj at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension at 814-849-7361.

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