NEW BROCKTON, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama Extension Office started a two-day food safety course.

Food Safety Regional Extension Agent, Bridgette Brannon, says the state now requires at least one person during a shift at a restaurant to have received their certification.

Prior to the pandemic, an establishment needed to have at least one employee certified in handling food on staff.

In this week’s class, the food workers come from as far away as Dothan and Andalusia.

“It is good for five years, so remember every five years you do have to retest, you don’t have to come to the class but you do have to retest and pass with at least a 70,” says Brannon.

Those interested in getting their food safety certification, should contact their respective county extension office and find the next time the class will be offered near them.