June 26, 2012 |

County offering food prep safety certification courses

The Allegheny County Health Department has released its summer schedule of food protection certification courses for food industry workers.

The two-day course will be offered July 19 and 26 at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills; July 30 and August 6 at the Monroeville Holiday Inn; and September 6 and 13 at the Pitcairn Monroeville Sportsmen's Club in North Versailles.

 The course teaches the importance of food safety along with techniques designed to prevent food contamination and outbreaks of food poisoning.

The Health Department requires facilities that prepare foods to have at least one certified worker on site during operating hours.

 The fee is $60 for anyone who lives in Allegheny County or works in a food facility in the County and $75 for others.

A three-year certification is awarded to those who complete the course and pass the exam.

 A one-day refresher class for workers whose certification has expired will be offered July 2 at Fox Chapel High School in O'Hara and August 21 at Elizabeth Forward Middle School in Elizabeth.

The fee for the recertification course, including the exam, is $55 for people living in the county or working in a food facility here and $70 for others.

 A certification challenge exam, with no instruction, will be given from 2 to 3 p.m. on July 18 and 25, August 1 and 22, and September 12 and 26 at the Health Department's Food Safety Division in Lawrenceville.

The one-hour exam, which is for those who already have had food safety training, is $40 for those who live in the county or work in a food facility here and $55 for others.

 Discounted culinary student fees of $40 for

county residents and $55 for non-residents are available for the certification course and refresher class.

 For more information, call the Allegheny County Health Department at

412-687-ACHD (2243) or visit its web site at www.achd.net.

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