The National Restaurant Association announced that it has entered into a sole distributor partnership with Ecolab Inc., which has been granted the exclusive rights to offer the Association's ServSafe Food Safety Program to the restaurant and hospitality industries outside North America. ServSafe is a food safety training and certification program recognized by more federal, state and local jurisdictions than any other program of its kind in the United States, and is now positioned to become an international leader.
Created by the industry for the industry, the ServSafe Food Safety Program is administered by the National Restaurant Association and includes training and assessment materials that deliver consistent food safety training to managers and employees in five key areas: Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross-contamination & Allergens, Time & Temperature, and Cleaning & Sanitation.
"With Ecolab's international business network and our ability to provide the highest-quality food safety training, this partnership will help operators across the globe practice food safety at the highest level," said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.
Douglas M. Baker, CEO of Ecolab, stressed the importance of food safety in a globalized world food supply. "By obtaining the exclusive rights to market the ServSafe program internationally, Ecolab is again taking a leadership position in offering the best food safety training available to the restaurant industry and continuing our commitment to helping create a cleaner, safer, healthier world," he said.
Since the program's inception in 1974, more than 3.5 million ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certifications have been awarded.