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Extension offers food safety certification and renewal courses

University of Minnesota Extension is offering two courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirement for Certified Food Managers.

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The initial certification course, ServSafe, will be offered on Tuesday, May 13 at the Douglas County Extension Office in Alexandria. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the test following at 4:30 p.m.

Participants must attend all day to be eligible to take the certification exam. This course includes information about safe food preparation, handling, sanitation and prevention of foodborne illnesses. Registration is required by Tuesday, April 29.

Certified food managers need four hours of continuing education credits within three years of becoming certified. University of Minnesota Extension educators and University specialists developed Serve It Up Safely, a renewal course that meets these criteria.

The course will be held at the Douglas County Library in Alexandria on Tuesday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is due by Tuesday, April 29.

The Food Manager Certification Course and Serve It Up Safely renewal course are also available online.

Pre-registration is required. For a registration brochure or for more information, visit, call (507) 337-2819 or contact Connie Schwartau at