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Preventing foodborne illnesses in food establishments is the focus of food safety training courses being presented next month by Penn State Cooperative Extension in Crawford County.

The ServSafe certification program course for food service managers is Nov. 9 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The certification exam is Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. The instructor for the course is Janice M. Ronan, extension educator in Erie County and a certified ServSafe instructor.

The registration fee is $165 per person and includes a ServSafe textbook, the 10-hour training and the certification exam.

The national Centers for Disease Control reports 5,000 people die each year of foodborne illnesses. Safe food-handling practices protect consumers’ health and reduces business liability, and enhances business’ competitive positions, Ronan said in a recent news release.

Food service managers and employees who supervise the serving of food in restaurants, schools, hospitals, group homes, daycare centers and other places food is prepared and served to the public are encouraged to attend the course.

n More information: Call Penn State Cooperative Extension in Erie County at (814) 825-0900 or visit http://Erie.Extension.psu.edu on the Web. Those who anticipate needing special accommodations or with questions about physical access may call Ronan at (814) 825-0900 or e-mail jmr27@psu.edu.

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