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ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection.

Sanitation certification is required by most restaurants as a basic credential for their management staff.[citation needed] To date over 5 million ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certifications have been awarded.[1]


ServSafe Essentials Sixth Edition is the latest edition of the program. The course discusses foodborne illnesses, including information on specific foodborne pathogens and biological toxins, such as shellfish poisoning, contamination, and food allergens. Prevention is also covered, with information regarding purchasing and receiving guidelines, food preparation, holding, and serving guidelines, food safety management systems, sanitation guidelines for facilities and equipment, and integrated pest control, as well as food safety regulations and employee training.[2]


  1. ^ "ServSafe® Training and Certification". ServSafe® Training and Certification. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  2. ^ ServSafe Essentials Fifth Edition. Introduction. 2008. pp. 3–4. ISBN 978-1-58280-224-4.

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