Meridian Star

January 22, 2009

Food certification course, exam available for daycare workers

special to The Star

Tummy Safe Certification Class and Exam will be offered Feb. 5 at the Lauderdale County Extension Office and on Feb. 26 at the Jones County Extension Office.

Tummy Safe is a food certification course for childcare providers. The program offers six contact hours to those who complete the course, and certification status for those who take and pass the certification exam. This course is in compliance with Mississippi law, which requires that at least one person in every licensed day care center be certified in food safety. Tummy Safe was written specifically for the day care industry and replaces the previous ServeSafe course for childcare providers only.

Evelyn Acklin, Nutrition and Food Safety Area Agent for the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will conduct the sessions.

Those who would rather not attend the class, but still would like to take the exam will need to work through the Tummy Safe CD before the exam. The cost of the CD is $25.

Cashiers checks or money orders should be made payable to School of Human Sciences, and mailed, along with registration form to: P.O. Box 9745, MSU, MS 39762. To secure a registration form, contact one of the locations mentioned above. Registration fees are non-refundable.

If you have any questions or would like to find out how to purchase your copy of the Tummy Safe CD, contact Evelyn Acklin at (601) 482-9764 or your local MSU Extension Service.

Want to Go?

What: Tummy Safe Certification Class and Exam

When: Feb. 5, 9 a.m., Lauderdale County Extension Office; telephone, (601) 482-9764. Feb. 26, 9 a.m., Jones County Extension Office; telephone (601) 428-5201

Cost: $100; must be paid by money order or cashier's check