Sixteen-hour food safety training certifies 19

Pulaski County Extension Office

by Sarah D. Burkett, Senior Extension Agent


In the New River Valley there is a recognized need to improve sanitation practices in the food service industry. Food service managers are encouraged to voluntarily seek training and certification in safe food handling. To address this need, the National Restaurant Association developed a 16-hour “ServSafe Essential” course.

This course is cooperatively taught by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Health.

On February 24 and March 10, this course was taught at the Montgomery County Government Center Complex in Christiansburg to local food service managers, workers and independent individuals. Certified course instructors were Sarah Burkett, Virginia Cooperative Extension – Food, Nutrition and Health Senior Agent, Paula Bettinger, Environmental Health Specialist.

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