Western Kansas

New research by the Centers For Disease Control shows that foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year.

To Improve food safety in the state, faculty from K-State Research and Extension are teaming up with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and others to teach Servsafe, a practical food safety course for food service personnel. The course is recommended for restaurant and non-commerical food handlers, such as those who might work with health care, schools or senior citizens faculties. The 15-hour course provides in intensive study of safe food handling practices and concludes, with an 80-question certification exam.

The sessions will be offered at several sites in the state, including the local course which will be held in Garden City on June 20 and 21 at the Grandstand Meeting Room of the Finney County Fairgrounds.

Registration for the course is $90 which includes the Servsafe Coursebook, training materials, certification exam and refreshment breaks.

Those interested should register for the course by June 6 to reserve a place in this important training session. Registration forms are available at local County Extension Offices across Southwest Kansas. For more information, contact Servsafe Coordinator Linda Walter at the Finney County Extension Office, 316-272-3670.

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