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U Illinois Extension Office Offering Food Safety Class/Exam

The University of Illinois Extension Office of Christian County is offering a state-mandated Certified Food Protection Managers course and exam. The Illinois Department of Public Health Food Sanitation Code (section 750.540) requires food service establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified food protection manager during hours of operation.  Certificates need renewal every five years and class attendance is mandatory to sit for the exam. This weekend course is a great opportunity for those who can’t attend during the weekday. 


The weekend course will take place on Saturday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 3rd at Christian County Extension in Taylorville at 1120 North Webster Street.  Saturday will be from 9 AM until 4 PM and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM for review and testing.  Participants must attend both classes and the certification exam will take place on Sunday.  Participants are asked to bring a valid photo ID.  


The class is taught by Lisa Peterson, Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, and provides the minimum classroom work to prepare for the National Certification Examination.  Topics include foodborne illnesses, safe food handling, cooking and storage, employee health and hygiene, facility safety and maintenance, cleaning, and sanitation. 


The fee for the course is $100 and includes textbooks, class materials, and exams.  You must register by February 21st and can be done online at go.illinois.edu/foodmanagers or call 217-287-7246. 

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