Fall schedule for food safety trainings ServSafe® and Dine Safe

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The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension office will offer two different levels of food safety courses, ServSafe® and Dine Safe in during the fall of 2013. Workshops will be held in each county Extension office located in Newark, Dover and Georgetown.

Both ServSafe® and Dine Safe are appropriate for any individual who works for the food industry (restaurant, church cafeteria, school) or who handles, prepares and serves food to the public.

Food safety in a food service establishment is non-negotiable; each year, an estimated 6 to 12 million Americans contract a food-borne illness as a result of micro-organism contamination. These illnesses are preventable. Proper training is the key to preparing food in a safe environment.

Servsafe logoThe ServSafe® program is the premiere food safety certification offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The program is designed for the food-service professional.

A ServSafe® certificate from the NRAEF will be awarded to individuals who complete the course and receive a passing grade on the written exam. The cost of $150 for the course covers the training, textbook, lunch, and certification examination from the NRAEF. A reduced course fee of $130 is available for three or more registrants from one establishment. A ServSafe certification is valid for five years and is nationally recognized.

Delaware Dine Safe is a three hour short course designed to focus on the basic principles of food safety and handling. Each participant receives a training guide with the information covered in the program. The instructor will use presentations and hands-on activities to reinforce the lessons taught. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

The Dine Safe training concentrates on five food service topics: Food Safety; Ensuring Proper Personal Hygiene; Purchasing, Receiving and Storing Foods; Preparing Cooking and Serving Food; and Cleaning and Sanitizing. The Dine Safe short course is $25. Dine Safe can be scheduled at a business location provided there are at least 10 employees enrolled.

It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin. If you have special needs, please advise the office upon registering.

Below is the course schedule and contact numbers:

ServSafe® will be taught on:

  • Tues., Sept. 10, 2103 – Kent County – 1 (302) 730-4000
  • Tues., Sept. 24, 2013 – Sussex County- 1-(302) 856-7303
  • Thurs., Oct. 17, 2013 – New Castle County- 1-(302) 831-1239

All ServSafe® classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Deadlines to register for ServSafe® are approximately three weeks prior to class date, in order for student to obtain and study materials for the national exam.

Dine Safe ($25) will be offered on:

  • Wed., Sept.10,2013- The class runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. – Sussex County-1(302) 856-7303
  • Wed., Oct. 16, 2013 – IN SPANISH ONLY 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Kent County – 1 (302) 730-4000
  • Tues., Nov. 5, 2013 – 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. – New Castle County- 1-(302) 831-1239
  • Wed., Nov. 13, 2013 – 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Kent County- 1 (302) 730-4000

There is no exam for Dine Safe.

For a full listing of all food safety classes county and statewide and to download registration forms please visit our food safety website at http://extension.udel.edu/fcs/food-safety/

Child care credits, accepted by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing are available with both courses. Please notify us at registration if you require a OCCL certificate.

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