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Food Safety Certification Training

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that each year in the United States there are 48 million cases of food-borne illness that result in an 3,000 deaths. The majority of these food-borne illnesses are caused by poor food handling practices namely time-temperature abuse, cross contamination and poor personal hygiene.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) regulations require that each establishment have one person in the operation who holds a nationally recognized food protection certificate. This demonstrates to the inspector, the public, and to employees and co-workers, a commitment to providing safe food to consumers. Safe food-handling practices protect customers, increase profitability, reduce liability, promote goodwill, maintain patronage, and enhance a business' competitive position.

Participants who complete the ServSafe® course or the SuperSafeMark® course and pass the exam with a score of 75% or higher will receive an official certificate which meets this requirement for food safety certification. Certificates are valid for 5 years and are renewed through passing the certification exam.

If you have questions regarding certification, contact your local health or PDA inspector, or your county's Cooperative Extension office.