( Courtesy Balls Food Stores )

One hundred employees of Ball’s Food Stores, Kansas City, Kan., have been certified by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection.

After passing the certification test, the employees earned accreditation and a certificate from the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals, according to the release. 

“The company is committed to ensuring all guests receive the best possible shopping experience in the safest environment,” Gregg Frost, vice president of human resources for Ball’s Food, said in the release. “Every Balls Price Chopper, Hen House Market, Balls Sun Fresh Market and Payless Discount Foods have at least one manager on duty during all hours of operation who are a Certified Food Protection Manager.”

Employees completed a seven-hour course focused on proper food handling, preparation and storage, along with food safety and sanitation standards that are required by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Ball’s Food Stores operates 26 supermarkets under the Hen House Market, Price Chopper, Sun Fresh and Payless Discount Foods banners in Kansas City and surrounding markets.