Iowa State Anticipates Increased Demand for Food Safety Training

food service workersAMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University is anticipating an increase in demand for its food safety training course as new state regulations take effect in Iowa this year.

New Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals guidelines went into effect Jan. 1 requiring food establishments to designate a Certified Food Protection Manager to oversee the safe handling, preparation and service of food items.

To meet the expected demand, specialists with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach will offer more than 100 ServSafe courses across the state. ServSafe trains employees in food sanitation and instructs them on how to prevent foodborne illnesses.

Barbara Fuller, a nutrition and health program specialist who works in Red Oak and serves southwest Iowa, co-coordinates the program for extension and outreach. She said she has seen an increase in interest in the courses since the new guidelines were announced.

“Already the new licensees are calling,” Fuller said.  “They have been told that this is a new requirement when they apply. Others are also starting to send more people to classes.”

Catherine Strohbehn, an extension specialist overseeing Iowa State’s retail food safety programs, anticipates that more than 1,000 Iowans will take the course.

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