The Sun Country Health Region's (SCHR) Public Health Department has expanded the number of Food Safe classes that it will offer this year.
“We are seeing quite a large increase in demand for these classes, and we want to hold the numbers in each class to a reasonable level, so we are adding significantly to the total number of classes we will offer in the region this year,” said SCHR vice-president of community health Janice Giroux.
“Classes will be held throughout the year rather than only the fall and spring.”
Classes will be in April, June and October for Estevan, and in March, May, September and November in Weyburn.
“The classes are also being opened to more people who speak languages other than English,” Giroux said.
Workbooks are available in Cantonese, Punjab and Korean, along with English and French. The exam is available in those languages, along with Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Japanese.
“This change reflects the new diversity among our population,” said Giroux. “We welcome these new people to our region, and want to help them find work in the food industry if that’s where they want to be.”
Food establishments in the region have been supportive and compliant, she said.
Food Safe is a nationally recognized course to help commercial food operations fulfill the Saskatchewan regulation that requires all licensed restaurants must have at least one staff member per shift with food handler credentials. After passing the examination, participants will receive a nationally-recognized certificate.
The class covers issues like safe food handling, facility organization, housekeeping, cleaning and sanitizing, microbiology and foodborne illness, and more.