Waiters, servers, cooks and other professionals in the food-service business can get free training this month that’ll keep their customers safer. May Scannel with the Iowa Hospitality Association’s Educational Foundation says it’s food-safety education. The Foundation exists to represent, serve, promote and educate people who run restaurants and bars across the state as well as suppliers and what they term “allied members.” For anyone serving food, “Dine Safe” is a 2-hour short-course in the basics of food safety. A server or hostess might be in the back, in the kitchen, and see something that doesn’t look right so this teaches them what action to take or who they should speak with. Scannel says food-service workers care more about food safety than anyone else does. The reason for that is because it’s their livelihood, and even one incident of food-borne illness can devastate a restaurant. ISU Extension will put on a Food Safety Fair at the training sessions and will have both displays and hands-on demonstrations.The goal will be accomplished If they walk away with one point — the importance of handwashing in protecting workers, their co-workers and their customers. The Dine Safe seminars will be September fifteenth in Cedar Rapids, September 22 in Des Moines. For information or to register by September tenth, phone (515) 276-1454.
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