NMC to offer food safety seminar

Posted on May 12 1999

A 16-hour training on food safety to be conducted by an instructor coming from Washington will help local food establishments earn their certifications.

The two-day intensive training is geared to benefit restaurant owners and school cafeteria personnel from the three islands to become certified food safety trainers as required by the CNMI government.

The seminar will be held in the CNMI this July under the auspices of the Family and Consumer Sciences Program of the Northern Marianas College and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to Kathy Kohl, this is a serious workshop where participants will need to study the references provided during the training. Likewise, they should pass the national examination for food safety certification which will be conducted right after the workshop before earning the title.

“This is not an easy workshop but our program hopes that participants who will earn their certification will share their skills and train other people in the industry,” she said.

The entire course scheduled for July will be taught by a U.S.D.A. representative through a program entitled as ServSafe.

It will cover the procedure to purchase produce, food preparation and serving, maintaining sanitation of equipment and pest management.

Kohl said participants in the training will be charged $47 for textbooks and testing materials.

The workshop is slated on July 19 and 20 and interested parties are advised to place their reservations since they will need to purchase the book prior to the actual course.

The public is advised to contact Kathy of NMC at 234-3690 ext. 1726 for more information.

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