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Extension offers food safety certification and renewal courses in Alexandria

The University of Minnesota Extension is offering two courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirement for certified food managers.

The initial certification course, called ServSafe, will be offered on Tuesday, April 28 at the Douglas County Extension Office at 720 Fillmore 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 April 14.

Serve It Up Safely is a four-hour renewal course for certified managers. 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 this renewal course that meets these criteria.

The Serve It Up Safely course will be held at the library at 720 Fillmore in Alexandria on Tuesday, April 28 from 1-5 p.m. Registration is due by April 14.

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

The Food Manager Certification Course and Serve It Up Safely renewal course are also available online. To get more information, go to or contact Schwartau.