Approximately 48 million cases of foodborne illness are reported in the United States annually resulting in 1,280,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 preventable deaths. Foodborne illness, or “food poisoning,” can cost consumers and food businesses hundreds to thousands if an outbreak occurs. NC Safe Plates is a food safety manager certification course, developed and managed at NC State University and offered by NC Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Science Agents for all of those who work in the food service industry. This course prepares food service managers to complete a nationally recognized, American National Standards Institute Certified Food Protection Manager certification exam.
NC Safe Plates covers best practices for food safety management in a food establishment according to the 2017 FDA Food Code. The course is grounded in behavior change theory and adult education research. This interactive class encourages participants to engage with the material through case studies, storytelling and discussion.
NC Safe Plates will be held January 22nd – 24th, 2019 at the Johnston County Agriculture Center. The course instruction will take place from 9:00am-4:00pm on January 22nd and 23rd, and the final certification exam will take place from 9:00am-12:00pm on January 24th. For registration, please visit www.johnston.ces.ncsu.edu and click “Safe Plates” on the left hand side. You can also call or visit the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Office. The registration deadline is January 4th,2019. For more information, please contact Cassidy Hall, Family and Consumer Science Agent at 919-989-5380.