By JENNIFER WADE
“ServSafe Essential” is a 16-hour course developed by the National Restaurant Association to address the need for training and certification in safe food handling and sanitation practices in the foodservice industry. The New River Valley has recognized the need for improvement in these areas and foodservice managers are encouraged to voluntarily seek ServSafe certification.
The course is taught by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Health. On Jul. 28 and Aug. 4., this course was taught at the Montgomery County Government Center Complex in Christiansburg. Certified instructors were Sarah Burkett from the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Food, Nutrition and Health Senior Agent Paula Bettinger and Renee Irvine.
There have been 68 courses offered throughout the New River Valley since 1991 with a total of 1,384 participants and 1,179 people receiving certification, with a total of 30 people being certified at the most recent training.
The “ServSafe Essential” course will continue to be offered throughout the New River Valley in an effort to prevent foodborne illness. To learn more about this course call the Virginia Cooperative Extension at 980-7761.