Food safety certification offered in Spanish at Penn State York

Registration is under way for a special section of food safety certification training being offered in Spanish on Oct. 7 and 8, at Penn State York. Food safety training has become an important part of the restaurant business and to break down the language barrier that sometimes exists, Penn State York is offering a special section of this important program in Spanish. Sergio-Nieto Montinegro, of Hispanic Workforce Management, El Paso, Texas, will teach this session.

Each year in the United States there are an estimated 76 million cases of food-borne illnesses that result in an estimated 5,000 deaths. The mishandling of food causes about 95 percent of all food-borne illnesses. These statistics justify the concern that has arisen throughout our society over the mishandling of food.

This special class in food safety certification training meets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 8. The two-day course is designed to train food service managers, chefs, caterers, cooks, health officials and inspectors to ensure the standards and regulations of food safety.

The food safety certification training course addresses topics that ensure safety in food handling. The 16-hour course instructs participants on topics such as contamination and food-borne illness through the storage, preparation, serving and sanitation management of food handling through informative and dynamic lessons.

This nationally recognized certification demonstrates to the public and employees a commitment to provide safe food. Safe food handling practices protect customers, help increase profitability, reduce liability, maintain patronage and enhance the competitive position of the business.

Developed by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF), the ServSafe food safety program is accepted by more federal, state and local jurisdictions than any other food safety program.

The National Restaurant Association will certify participants who complete the ServSafe course and pass the exam in food safety and sanitation.

The fee of $190 per participant covers the cost of the ServSafe course book, instructional materials and the exam, all in Spanish. For more information contact Annie Haines at 717-771-4197 or azh2@psu.edu. Register early to ensure a space in this class.

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Last Updated August 26, 2010