A course that provides certification in food protection for employees of food facilities will be offered Thursday, Sept. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at California State University, Fresno as part of National Food Safety Month.

The certification is part of a new California law (Assembly Bill 1978) effective Jan. 1, 2000 that requires food facilities to have an owner, manager, or employee who handles or serves unpackaged foods certified by the educational foundation of the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

NRA’s ServSafe™ course is used for the certification and is offered by the Center for Food Science and Nutritional Research in the California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI) at Fresno State.

The ServSafe™ course, an approved training and certification for food and restaurant facilities, is a complete educational program developed by NRA to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses and maintain a healthy and safe work environment for employees and customers.

Instructor Molly Hudson will provide an in-depth look at food safety in preparation for the required food certification exam administered at the course’s conclusion. Also instructing is Dr. Dennis Ferris, Fresno State food science and nutrition professor, who is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists.

The eight-hour session, including the one-hour exam, will be held on campus at the CATI conference room on Barstow Avenue just west of Chestnut. The course fee is $119.

The California Agricultural Technology Institute is a non-profit, educational institution at Fresno State dedicated to improving California agriculture. CATI’s Center for Food Science and Nutrition Research (CFSNR) serves as a centralized resource for applied research and educational activities related to food science and nutrition.

For more information on ServSafe™ course locations, dates and times, call (559) 278-5925.