NJ Restaurants Achieve Higher Food Safety Graduates: Pass Rates Surpass National Average and Set Record

TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The chances of receiving a restaurant meal that is safely handled by a properly trained employee is much greater in New Jersey than in most other states according to recent statistics released by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA). The NRA program (facilitated by the NJRHA) called "ServSafe," broke a pass rate record and surpassed the national average for the first time. The national average pass rate is 75 percent, while 77 percent of NJ participants pass.

Roughly 500 NJ restaurant employees are ServSafe trained each year and the numbers are growing. Each restaurant is required to have a minimum of one employee attend the food (alcohol is optional) safety certification course. Most NJ restaurants send more. ServSafe certificates are good for five years for food and three years for alcohol.

"We've put tremendous effort into our ServSafe program," said Marilou Halvorsen, President of the NJRHA, "Not only have we begun to offer courses to Spanish speaking employees, but we've hired new, well-educated instructors, set high standards and improved the study guidelines. All in all, it becomes a win-win situation for the restaurant owner and the patrons who dine with them."

The one-day course is offered at NJRHA member locations throughout the state. The price for a food certification class is just under $200 and includes a study guide, instructor, exam and book. ServSafe training is free to NJRHA Members through a grant with the NJ Department of Labor. Classes are taught in Spanish, English and upon request, Mandarin.

CONTACT: Marilou Halvorsen President / NJRHA 609-599-3316

Source:New Jersey Restaurant Association