The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) is promoting food safety among its retail members by reimbursing them up to $2,000 annually for food-safety-certifying store-level dairy, deli, and bakery managers and employees.
Called the Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program (FSCRP), it reimburses retail members the cost for food safety exams taken in the following food safety programs:
- Food Safety Manager Certification (National Registry of Food Safety Professionals).
- SafeMark (Food Marketing Institute)
- ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification (National Restaurant Association).
- Certified Food Manager (Prometric).
Retail members can submit their reimbursement application at any time throughout the year.
FSCRP is a major component of Safe Food Matters!, IDDBA’s year-long campaign to build awareness about specific safety practices that retailers can do in service departments to sell safe food. This year’s initiative focuses on helping to reduce the possibility of growth and cross-contamination of Listeria monocytogenes in fresh departments, especially delis. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that causes listeriosis, a potentially life-threatening condition responsible for approximately 1,600 infections and 260 deaths annually.
Information on Safe Food Matters!, including training and education resources, is available here.
“Through FSCRP, IDDBA, along with our retail members, builds imperative food safety awareness and employee skill sets that help further ensure that the safest foods possible are sold in perishable departments,” said Jonathan Whalley, IDDBA education coordinator of FSCRP. “It’s a simple, but rewarding process that each retailer should seriously consider.
“A retail member pays $200 for an IDDBA membership and can be reimbursed up to potentially $2,000 annually. When it comes to food safety, it literally pays to be part of IDDBA.”