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ISU Extension offering food safety training

By Staff | May 31, 2016

CHEROKEE – Iowa State University Extension in Cherokee County is offering a food safety training for food service managers 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 22 at the Extension office.

“Certification in ServSafe meets the Iowa Food Code requirements to have a certified food protection manager in all establishments,” said Katie Knobbe, class instructor and ISU Extension nutrition and wellness specialist.

Pre-registration for the ServSafe training is required by June 15 by calling (712) 225-6196. Registration cost is $150.

According to Knobbe, the program is based on the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe certification program and the Iowa Food Code.

The class is beneficial for a variety of foodservice managers, such as those from schools, restaurants, convenience stores, child care, senior meal sites and health care.

“We live in a time when food safety hazards and risks are prevalent,” Knobbe said. “Serving safe food is mandatory. This eight-hour program aims to train food service professionals about food safety requirements and best practices to meet them.”

Training topics will include, but are not limited to, contamination and food allergens; purchasing, receiving, storing, preparing and serving food; cleaning and sanitizing; pest management; facilities and equipment; and food safety management systems.

Participants will receive a copy of the ServSafe Manager training manual and will have the opportunity to take the ServSafe certification exam.

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