Preventing foodborne illness in local food establishments

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan State University Extension will offer a ServSafe class at several locations.

Classes will be in Iron Mountain, Negaunee, Marquette and Aurora, Wis., to educate food service managers about food safety practices. Training classes are taught by MSU Extension educators who are certified instructors and exam proctors through the National Restaurant Association.

The upcoming ServSafe classes will be —

— Saturday: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College-Aurora building that is the former Hillcrest School in Aurora;

— Sept. 18: Forward Financial Credit Union in Iron Mountain;

— Oct. 2: Marquette County Service Building in Negaunee;

— Oct. 22: Spies Public Library in Menominee.

To register, contact Beth Waitrovich at 906-302-3253 or register online at https://www.canr.msu.edu/outreach/events. Participants also must purchase the ServSafe seventh edition book with answer sheet to attend the class.

ServSafe is a Food Protection Manager Certification Examination accredited by the American National Standards Institute-Conference for Food Protection. Since 2010, state law mandates that every food establishment in Michigan must employ a minimum of one certified manager. Studies have found that the presence of a certified food protection manager means higher compliance levels with food safety practices and behaviors than in facilities lacking a certified manager.

Offered through MSU Extension, ServSafe is for anyone who works in the food industry but especially recommended for food service managers and other food service volunteers/leaders.

Participants will learn how to prevent foodborne illness and how to train employees about the latest food safety concerns. The course prepares participants to successfully pass the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam.

Topics include safe food provision, forms of contamination, the safe food handler, the flow of food, food safety management systems, safe facilities and pest management, and cleaning and sanitizing.