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Virginia Cooperative Extension to Offer Two-day ServSafe Manager’s Course

30 June 2018 Community

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year 1 in 6 Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food-borne illness. The overall cost to the public is high, with the estimated economic cost of food-borne illness approximately $77.7 billion dollars per year, or approximately $1,626 per food-borne illness case.

The top factors which contribute to food-borne illness are inadequate cooking, improper holding temperatures, contaminated equipment, poor personal hygiene, and food from unsafe sources.  Safe food handling and preparation by food handlers can dramatically reduce illness and health costs.

Managers of food service operations such as hotels, restaurants, schools, nursing homes, child-care centers, hospitals, caterers, and clubs are encouraged to complete the two-day ServSafe™ Manager’s Training, which is a nationally accredited food safety certification program developed by the National Restaurant Association.

A two-day ServSafe Manager’s Class will be held August 1 & 6, 2018 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at MidAtlantic Farm Credit, 125 Prosperity Drive, Winchester.   The class is being offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension Frederick County Office and will be taught by Rebecca Davis, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent.  The registration fee is $150, per individual, if received by July 27th.  Groups of 10 or more pay a reduced rate.

For more information or to register, contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension–Frederick County Office at 540/665-5699.  You can also get the registration brochure from our website at http://offices.ext.vt.edu/frederick

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Rebecca Davis, VCE-Frederick County, at 540/665-5699 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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