Last updated: August 31. 2013 11:39PM - 1175 Views
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DOBSON — Local extension service agents are hoping a ServSafe Food Safety Certification Course set for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and 3 will help local restaurants avoid having points counted against them in their next inspection.

ServSafe is a 15-hour Food Safety Certification Course developed by the education foundation of the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis by payment only to the first 60 participants. The registration fee is $100 per person. The classes are set to be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information supplied by Extension Agent Family and Consumer Education Carmen Long indicates that ServSafe Manager Certification is required for the person in charge on every shift in a restaurant. The deadline to comply for a health inspection begins Jan. 1, 2014. Firms who don’t comply risk losing two points on their health inspection.

Persons who should attend the course are employees who have supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation. Areas falling under this regulation include restaurants, food stands, meat markets and delis, school cafeterias and institution kitchens.

The program covers the flow of food from the time food products are purchased until the meals reach customers’ tables. Topics which are scheduled to be covered at the courses are providing safe food, forms of contamination, being a safe food handler, purchasing, receiving and storage of food, food preparation, food service, food safety management systems, sanitary facilities and pest management and cleaning and sanitizing.

Long indicated participants must mail their registration form or forms and payment by Sunday to North Carolina Cooperative Extension Surry Center, P.O. Box 324, Dobson, NC 27017. If registered participants want to cancel they must notify the Extension Center by calling 401-8025. Refunds will be made only if cancellation is received prior to the starting date of the course and if there is a waiting list allowing the slot to be filled.

Participants will be notified by phone when books are available to be picked up. Reading and studying the ServSafe book prior to class is highly recommended. Certification is provided by the Educational Foundation of the NRA. Certificates suitable for framing will be awarded to those successfully completing the course and pass the written exam.

Presenters for the course could include Long and David, Brown, Johnny Easter, Lisa Ford and John Watts who are registered environmental health specialists with the Surry County Health and Nutrition Environmental Health Section.

Reach David Broyles at dbroyles@civitasmedia.com or 719-1952.

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