Food Safety Education Classes

The Food and Lodging section recognizes that education is the least expensive, yet most effective means to reduce the occurrence of food-borne illness. We are committed to the protection of the health and well-being of the citizens of Craven County.

Food Safety Systems

Increases in outbreaks of food-borne illness across the country have focused the public's attention on the causes and prevention of outbreaks in food service establishments, as well as at home. Changes in agricultural practices, ecological changes, international travel and commerce, changes in lifestyle, emerging pathogens and the high turnover rate in the food service industry, indicate the need for an ongoing food safety education program.

The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety system is utilized to enable food service owners, managers, and food service employees to:

  • Build in procedures that reduce the risks of food-borne outbreaks
  • Identify the foods and procedures that are most likely to cause food-borne illness
  • Monitor all procedures to ensure food safety

Food Safety for Managers (ServSafe) Class and Proctoring

ServSafe classes are offered online through the Craven County Health Department. 

Exams and classes are offered for a fee of $75 per person with a 2 person minimum. Call to confirm that enough students are registered to offer the course. Payments are due 7 days prior to the date of Instruction or Proctoring.  Payments can be made in person at the Craven County Health Deparmtent or by phone at (252) 636-4936.

Each student must purchase their own class materials and testing materials. A textbook, an online testing voucher, and a laptop computer or other mobile device must be provided by each student for taking the exam. 

The required Servsafe testing voucher for the online exam can be purchased here.

ServSafe classes are taught every 1st Thursday of each month virtually using Microsoft Teams. 

ServSafe proctering for exam testing is offered every 1st Thursday and 3rd Thursday of each month. Dates for exam proctoring and classes can be found here.

Proctored exams will be in person and taken on an electronic device. Participants will need to bring their own electronic device to take the proctored exam.

To register for a instruction class and/or proctored exam, complete the ServSafe Course and Proctored Exam Registration Form

After submitting the form, a staff member will contact you to confirm your registration. Payments should be made after registration confirmation.

Community Colleges and Testing Centers may also offer ServSafe classes and exam proctoring. Contact your local community college or professional testing center for more information.

ServSafe Flyer

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