Janet Thomas earned her Master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and the company started offering classes in a couple of cities. Now it offers over 1,200 classes a year, across the entire United States.
The first major expansion started in 1990 when she incorporated and started her own food safety training company and began offering classes throughout Illinois. Instructional materials include a Comprehensive Food Service Training manual which is currently in its twenty-second edition and is widely accepted by most State, County and local health departments.
Food Safety manager as well as food handler classes courses for certification are now offered both in the classroom and online nationwide.
Today, the Safe Food Handlers staff consists of over 100 food safety instructors from backgrounds in Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science, Dietary Management, food service management and Environmental health professionals. The company now offers classes nationwide and has taught thousands of food service professionals in over 50,000 businesses and continues to grow each year. Students completing the Safe Food Handlers course have achieved a passing rate of 92%, with an average score of 86% on the National Registry of Food Service Professionals accredited examination.