January 23, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information Contact: Kathryn W. Goodman, TJHD PIO (434) 270-4802
(Charlottesville, Va.) – To help meet the demand for Virginia’s new regulation requiring certified foodservice managers, the Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) will host a 2-day ServSafe manager certification course and exam in Chinese on Monday, February 25, and Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The entire class and exam will be provided in Chinese. This course is facilitated in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and meets the requirements for new food regulations under Virginia Code Section 12VAC5-421-55 Section.
ServSafe Certification Course and Exam in Chinese
When: Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department, 1138 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville, Va. through building entrance #3
Language: The entire class and exam will be provided in Chinese.
Registration Process and Deadline: Registration is required by February 15, 2019. There is a fee associated with the course/exam and registration and payment is required in advance. Participants can register by contacting Kimberly Brooker with the Albemarle County Virginia Cooperative Extension at (434) 872-4579 or firstname.lastname@example.org or online at https://apps.cals.vt.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/ServSafe.woa/wa/schedule.
The new Virginia food regulations, effective July 1, 2018, require all foodservice permit holders to have at least one person on staff, with supervisory responsibility and authority to direct and control food preparation, to be a certified food protection manager. This certification can be obtained through demonstrated proficiency of required knowledge and information through passing a test that is part of an accredited program, such as the ServSafe course/exam.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodservice facilities with certified food protection managers on staff are:
- less likely to have foodborne illness outbreaks,
- more likely to have good food safety practices, and
- have better ratings and fewer critical violations on their inspections.
More information about ServSafe and other certification courses/exams can be found at www.servsafe.com or https://apps.cals.vt.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/ServSafe.woa/wa/schedule.