Penn State Extension Holds ServSafe Food Safety Classes
Posted: October 8, 2012
Did you know there are an estimated 3,000 deaths and 48 million people sickened in this country each year due to foodborne illnesses? A foodborne illness can result after eating food that is contaminated. The symptoms can vary from mild to severe and include but are not limited to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. Because the symptoms may mimic a flu-like illness, many may be unaware of the harmful pathogens causing the infection. Though it poses a potential threat to all, certain groups are more at risk than others including the elderly, the very young, and those who have weak immune systems as seen with cancer, HIV/AIDS, transplant patients, etc.
Penn State Extension is working to combat this preventable challenge in the food service industry by offering ServSafe Certification training to the public. Food Safety classes were conducted September 11 and 18th in Washington, PA and again in Kittanning on September 25th and October 2nd. Participants engaged in an intense educational training course that covered important aspects in food safety practices. The course concluded with a standardized examination issued by the National Restaurant Association. To receive and maintain a valid certificate, participants are required to pass this exam every 5 years.
For upcoming class dates please check our "Upcoming Events".