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Whether it’s checking the temperature of a cooked chicken, or simply understanding the importance of cleaning your cooking preparation area, food safety is important for the health and wellness of Union County residents. Here are some of the food safety programs and resources we provide at N.C. Cooperative Extension – Union County.

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NC Safe Plates Food Safety Programs

Safe Plates for Food Managers Program

Safe Plates is a food safety training course developed by NC State University. Certification is based on passing a CFP-ANSI accredited exam from the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals. Passing this exam satisfies the FDA Model Food Code requirement for a certified food protection manager. This is a comprehensive program for food service managers and supervisory staff in restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other food handling establishments.

Safe Plates for Food Handlers

Safe Plates for Food Handlers is a short training that covers basic information on safe food handling. This program covers temperature control, personal hygiene and health, preventing cross-contamination, cleaning and sanitizing and allergens This program would be ideal for anyone working in restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other food establishments. This course is also appropriate for volunteer and temporary food handlers, such as those working at soup kitchens or fundraising events.

Upcoming Safe Plates Courses and Registrations:

There are no Safe Plates Classes at this time. Check out upcoming Certified Food Protection Manager Classes with Union County Environmental Health or Safe Plates Courses in Surrounding County Extension Centers.

Virtual Safe Plates for Food Managers

This is an online version of the tradition course that provides flexibility for food service employees to learn the best Food Safety Practices in a virtual format. The course concepts are based on the most up-to-date FDA Food Code. Participants are able to complete the modules online on their own time. Once the online modules are complete, the participants can sit in person for the ANSI-approved Food Protection Manager exam for gaining certification. The Food Protection Manager certification fulfills the North Carolina food safety requirement of having a certified manager available at the establishment.

Interested in taking the virtual course? Check out the Virtual Safe Plates for Food Managers Portal for more information and registration.

Looking for more information on Food Safety? Check out some great resources below!

NC State Extension – Food Safety Portal

Union County Environmental Health

*Participants can only schedule an exam day after successful completion of the online modules for the Virtual Safe Plates for Food Managers course.