The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requires "the person in charge" in a food service operation to hold a nationally recognized food protection certificate such as ServSafeĀ®. Establishments not meeting this requirement have 90 days after their date of inspection to comply.

If your establishment does not meet the certification requirement or your current certification is about to expire, Penn State Cooperative Extension will be offering a ServSafeĀ® Food Safety Certification Training course from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 17 that includes the certification exam. The program will be held at Penn State Extension, 443 Plum Creek Road Sunbury. Cost for the 2-day course is $175.

This nationally recognized certification program helps establishments demonstrate to the public, and to employees and co-workers, a commitment to providing safe food to consumers. With approximately 3000 deaths per year related to foodborne illness, this course outlines safe food handling practices to protect customers, increase profitability, reduce liability, promote goodwill and enhance a business' competitive position.

Lynn James, extension educator for Penn State Extension will be the instructor.

If you have additional questions about the class contact the Northumberland County Extension Office at 570-988-3950. Register online at http://extension.psu.edu/food/safety/courses/servsafe or call 800-851-9710. Registration deadline is Jan. 27, or when class is filled.