The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) is conducting a free ServSafe certification class and exam June 10 for attendees of its annual Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo at the Georgia World Conference Center. The class and exam will be held at the nearby Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center at 100 CNN Center in Atlanta.
Administered by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program accredited by the American Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection.
The class will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with the exam to follow. Lunch will be provided.
Conducting the class will be certified instructor and proctor Chris Koch, an associate adjunct professor at Drexel University’s School of Sports Management and Hospitality in Philadelphia. He’s also a certified trainer for Instruis Publishing’s S.U.R.E. HACCP program and a food safety consultant for WTFX Fox 29 in Philadelphia. A certified instructor of ServSafe Manager’s Food Safety and Food Handler programs for more than 15 years, Koch brings a unique perspective to food safety training by combing a number of different media designed to reach a broad spectrum of students.
The free certification class is a main component of Safe Food Matters!, IDDBA’s year-long campaign to build awareness about specific food safety practices that retailers can implement in service departments to sell safe food. This year’s initiative focuses on helping to reduce the possibility of growth and cross-contamination of Listeria monocytogenes in fresh departments, especially delis. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that causes listeriosis, a potentially life-threatening condition responsible for approximately 16,000 infections and 260 deaths annually.
“Food safety is an important pillar of IDDBA’s mission to help dairy, deli and bakery departments operate more successfully and to help provide safe products to their customers,” said Mary Kay O’Connor, VP of education at IDDBA. “We’re pleased to help industry professionals further their food safety knowledge by offering this highly regarded and respected certification class.”
The free certification class is open to 70 Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo attendees only. For more information and to register, call Jeremy Johnson at 608-310-5000.