New law means changes for food service manager certification

Cory Shupe is the Thyme Square Cafe Owner.

Starting July 1, food service managers will have a new way of renewing their certification.

Before these updates, Thyme Square Cafe owner Cory Shupe would have been able to renew his sanitation manager certificate with a five hour refresher course.

After the law goes into effect, restaurant owners like himself will instead have to take an eight hour class and exam to renew the certificate.

But Shupe doesn't seem to mind this.

"If you're require to do it, you're required to do it," said Shupe. "Plus it's a good thing for the business to stay up on current issues in health and those things."

The law states the training must be administered by a nationally accredited company

Tony Dede is the Chief Environmental Sanitarian for the Adams County Health Department, and thinks ServeSafe was the best option for the Tri-States

"Because it's a class that is nationally accredited, and so many companies recognize ServeSafe, and other states also recognize ServeSafe, because we're in a Tri-State area, if folks are moving back and forth or they have multiple food service jobs, that certification will be accepted in multiple locations," said Dede.

The $125 fee covers the class and exam, but not the book, which costs $20.

The increase in charges comes from the health department having to use the accredited company.

"We hope that between our teaching and their studying, the individuals pass the exam the first time and they don't have to worry about the cost after that," Dede said.

For Shupe, as long as he's learning valuable information to help him run his business, he's a-okay with the requirements.

"It's what you've got to do so that's what's required by the state, so I have no issues doing this," said Shupe.

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