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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Ohio State University Extension Family & Consumer Sciences professionals offer a variety of food safety programming throughout the state. The manner in which people handle and prepare food is a major reason why foodborne illness occurs. People must alter their food handling behavior, but they must first have the knowledge and skills that are known to protect food from contamination with pathogens before they have the capacity to change their behavior. Education provides the knowledge and skills Ohio citizens need to reduce incidence of foodborne illness and to reduce the impact on health care costs.

Family and Consumer Sciences' food safety programs include the following.

  • ServSafe®: A two-day food safety training course for food service managers
  • Occasional Quantity Cooks: Training for Extension volunteers/employees who provide leadership to the preparation and/or service of food at sponsored events
  • Employee Food Safety Training: A three-hour course of hands-on activities and discussion designed to increase food safety knowledge and awareness
  • Pathway to Food Safety: Five food safety video lessons developed for grocery store non-management employees

Healthy People-Food Safety topics vary from county to county around the state, and the following is more information on the aforementioned programs:

Food Safety Training & Certification

ServSafe® is a nationally recognized food safety training and certification program established by the National Restaurant Association.  The ServSafe® food safety training and certification program is recognized by more jurisdictions than any other food safety program. Ohio State University Extension offers ServSafe® trainings across the state that fit every organization's needs, in a variety of training methods. Targeting restaurant managers, school food service, nursing homes and other food service personnel, the ServSafe® training program is the industry standard for food safety education.


Occasional Quantity Cooks

Ohio State University Extension provides training for Extension volunteers and employees who provide leadership to the preparation and/or service of food at sponsored events. Occasional Quantity Cooks training materials are designed to raise your awareness and increase your knowledge regarding food safety. Click here for more information.