2009-10-08 / Local & State

Food Safety Certification Training Offered To Meet PDA Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requires food service operations to employ at least one supervisory employee who is certified with respect to food safety. Establishments not meeting this requirement have 90 days after their date of inspection to comply.

If your establishment does not meet the certification requirement of if your current PDA certification expires in 2009, Penn State Cooperative Extension will be offering a ServSafe Food Safety Certification and Recertification Training course Tuesday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Monday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The certification exam for those needing initial certification will begin at 1:00 p.m. The program will be held at the Cambria County Extension Office, County Services Building, 1st Floor, 499 Manor Drive, Ebensburg, Pa.

This nationally recognized certification program helps establishments demonstrate to the public, and to employees and coworkers, a commitment to providing safe food to consumers. With approximately 5,000 deaths per year related to foodborne illness, this course outlines safe food-handling practices to protect customers, increase profitability, reduce liability, promote goodwill and enhance a business’ competitive position.

Sharon McDonald, RD, LDN, and Dorothy Bromley, extension educators for Penn State Cooperative Extension will e the instructors. Anyone wishing to register may contact the Blair county Extension Office at 814- 940-5989. Registration deadline is October 22, 2009. Information is also available at http://blair.extension.psu.edu.

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