Family and Consumer Sciences:
Improving Food Safety and Quality

Food Safety is an important issue in our lives. While the US has one of the best systems in the world, our food supply is not completely immune. We are reminded of the need for following proper food handling practices when we hear of certain foods contaminated with bacteria or causing a foodborne illness outbreak. The Extension office is committed to educating the public on such issues by providing research-based information that promote awareness, prevention, and maintenance of proper practices.

  • Commercial Food Handlers
    • ServSafe Certification is valid for five (5) years. A one day class and exam are available several times a year. To register, visit the Food Safety and Quality Program site.
    • SafeStaff Certification is available for staff. This certification is valid for three (3) years. If your business is interested in scheduling a SafeStaff Certification class and exam, please call Extension Services.
  • Home and Non-Commercial Food Handlers
    • Food safety educational programs are available for community residents who wish to learn more about such topics as: washing, storing, and preparing foods properly; kitchen cleanliness; food safety during a natural event (hurricane, flood, power outage, etc.); cooking for groups; and other related topics.
    • Food preservation classes are available several times a year. The products used depends on what is in season. Classes cover water-bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, and dehydrating. "How To" programs are also available. For a list of upcoming classes, please visit the Calendar of Events page. There is a cost for attending a preservation class; "How To" classes are free.
    • General Food Handlers Certification is available upon request for adults and students. It is a two-hour program that focuses on key topics covered in ServSafe. A certificate of completion is awarded after successfully passing the exam at the end of the program. This is NOT a ServSafe Certification class, but is meant as a certificate that can be used when applying for a position with a food-service establishment, or for those who serve food with a volunteer organization.


Gabriela Murza
Gabriela Murza

Extension Faculty
Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H
Osceola County Extension
1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744-6107
Ph : (321) 697-3000

Faye Johnson

Administrative Secretary
Family & Consumer Sciences

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