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Updated: 10/17/2013 08:00:01AM

Foodhandler course offered Oct. 30

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Ridge Area Arc will offer a SafeStaff Foodhandler Certificate program from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Ridge Area Arc’s main campus at 120 W. College Dr., Avon Park.

Anyone in the food service industry or those who are interested in working in the field and want to obtain a certificate can enroll in this class taught by a Certified Professional Food Manager. Florida law requires that all food service employees be trained in an approved food safety program.

The class will cover the six mandated key food safety principles: ensuring proper personal hygiene; preventing cross-contamination; controlling time and temperature when handling food; proper cleaning and sanitizing; the causes and effects of major foodborne illnesses; and ensuring proper vermin control.

A study guide will be provided and given to each student. A certificate and an original wallet card will also be presented to the students at the end of the class that will be valid for three years.

Cost is $15 per student and must be paid in advance by 5 p.m. Friday. Checks can be made payable to Ridge Area Arc and mailed to 120 W. College Dr., Avon Park, FL 33825. For more details or to verify there is still an opening, call 452-1295, ext. 124.