“The ServSafe Food Handler Guide is a cost-effective solution for use by all convenience retailers that provide foodservice offerings,” says Dr. Nancy Caldarola, education director for NACS CAFÉ.
NACS members now have access to the ServSafe Food Handler Guide, an affordable solution for in-store food safety training that easily integrates food safety into any existing onboarding training program.
NACS CAFÉ (The Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence) has co-branded this new training booklet developed with the National Restaurant Association’s education group. (For more on NACS CAFÉ, see p. 14 of CSD’s November issue).
The ServSafe Food Handler Guide uses the same principles and instructional design as the ServSafe Manager Certification Program, and covers the following key areas: food safety, personal hygiene, cross-contamination and allergens, time and temperature, and cleaning and sanitation.
The 53-page ServSafe Food Handler Guide (5th edition) can be purchased for $5 and is only available to NACS members. The booklet includes real-world workplace scenarios to help users apply classroom lessons to the work environment. Content is based on the 2009 supplement to the 2005 Food and Drug Administration Food Code update and a recent employee job task analysis. The program has been designed to be completed in two hours or less; the booklet includes a 40-question, non-proctored exam to measure knowledge and understanding of food safety. It also comes with a certificate of completion suitable for framing.
“The ServSafe Food Handler Guide is a cost-effective solution for use by all convenience retailers that provide foodservice offerings,” said Dr. Nancy Caldarola, education director for NACS CAFÉ. “This Guide is the best educational value for food safety training available to NACS members.”
Although not required in most states and regulatory jurisdictions, the ServSafe Food Handler Guide meets the requirements of California’s food-handler training law.
“While not a replacement for the mandated ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification that is required in many jurisdictions across the country and in Canada, this program allows all employees at a company to work together to raise the bar on food safety and show our customers that we care about the service and safety of the foods and beverages we sell,” noted Caldarola.
NACS members can order the ServSafe Food Handler Guide booklets (SKU number10080023) for $5 each. While companies may elect to order one booklet for the entire company, it is recommended that each person taking the assessment use a new booklet.
Look for more on food safety in CSD’s December issue.