The Importance of ServSafe® Certifications

“If you work in this industry, you need to be ServSafe® certified.”
-Tedde Reid Founder, President & CEO of Supplies & Equipment Foodservice Alliance (SEFA)

Your reputation is on the line. 
If you're an owner of a foodservice establishment, you likely know the importance of safe food handling and what a customer's negative experience can do to your image. The CDC estimates that there are as many as 47 million cases of foodborne illness in the U.S. each year. It is very important to be sure your employees understand how to prevent these kinds of incidents.

ServSafe® offers a variety of classes that will teach managers and employees safe practices to keep your restaurant’s operations running smoothly. The Food Safety Program for Managers will teach managers how to create a culture based on food safety by focusing on actual jobs tasks as defined by real foodservice professionals. The program will provide an update on the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and food sanitation training experience. The Food Safe Handler Program is a rudimentary, yet complete course that is meant for employees. The short course focuses on five key areas: Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross-Contamination & Allergens, Time & Temperature, and Cleaning & Sanitation.

Along with food safety, they also offer classes for responsible alcohol service. There are certain risks that go along with serving alcohol and it is imperative your staff knows how to properly handle any tricky situations that may arise. This class can help you prevent situations that lead to fines, imprisonment, loss of liquor license, increased insurance costs or even loss of your business. A small monetary and time investment into the program is worth avoiding those serious and avoidable issues related to alcohol service.

So why take ServSafe® training? 

The ServSafe® curriculum teaches:

  • The importance of food safety for customers and operators
  • Good personal hygiene for food handlers and servers
  • Time and temperature controls that help protect food
  • How to prevent cross-contamination in foodservice operations
  • Proper cleaning and sanitizing for foodservice operations
  • Safe food preparation practices
  • How to properly receive and store foods
  • Safe methods of thawing, cooking, cooling and reheating food
  • Food safety regulations
  • Pest control for foodservice operations
  • And much more

For more information, visit SEFA and ServSafe®


Aside from having the proper safety certifications, you also need to have the proper materials. From the essential cleaning materials to general kitchen safety products, we have a wide selection of the products you need to keep customers and employees safe. Having these safety items well stocked is a good way to keep employees encouraged to practice safe operations. 


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