ServSafe® Food Safety Training for Food Service Managers in South Carolina

“It is quite clear that having a certified food protection manager on the job makes a difference.” This statement by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Deputy Commissioner for Foods, Michael R. Taylor was made in response to FDA’s 10-year study tracking the retail industry’s efforts to reduce five key risk factors. “Some states and localities require certified food protection mangers already, and many in the retail industry employ them voluntarily as a matter of good practice. We think it should become common practice.”According to FDA continued improvements are needed in regard to three risk factors: poor personal hygiene, improper holding of food, and contaminated food surfaces and equipment. Clemson University’s Cooperative Extension Service offers a ServSafe® course for managers that provides the training needed to implement good food safety practices in schools, restaurants, grocery stores and other places where food is served. The next ServSafe® training will be offered February 22-23, 2011 in Columbia, SC. The deadline for registering is February 14, 2011. For more details on the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Course offered by Clemson University see http://www.clemson.edu/servsafe.

ServSafe Employee training is offered across the state. These shorter courses are taught by Extension Food Safety Educators in the local counties. For more information about ServSafe® training programs from Clemson Extension contact Kimberly Baker at kabaker@clemson.edu.

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