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To promote food safety certification for dairy, deli and bakery department employees, the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) is offering a Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program (FSCRP) that compensates member-retailers for employees who successfully complete the certification exam. Since its inception in 2003, the FSCRP has reimbursed retailers over $190,000 to certify nearly 5,000 department managers and associates.
“We think, as do many retailers, that it’s important for perishable department managers and associates to be skilled in handling food safely and uphold the highest standards in personal hygiene,” said Mary Kay O’Connor, director of education for the Madison, Wis.-based trade group. “This IDDBA program supports retailers’ efforts to achieve this goal.”
Food safety certification exams from the following organizations are eligible under the IDDBA FSCRP: Prometric (Certified Professional Food Manager); National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (Food Safety Manager Certification or FMI-SuperSafeMark7); and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (ServSafe7 Food Protection Manager Certification).
For more information or an application for reimbursement, go to www.iddba.org/certification.aspx, or call Karen Peckham at IDDBA, 608-310-5000.