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Food protection course offered

By Tanya Davis | Published Thursday, January 13, 2011

Food service managers are encouraged to attend a food safety training program beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Wise County’s Texas AgriLife Extension office, 206 S. State St. in Decatur. Cost is $100 and includes training, materials and the state food manager certification examination. Registration is limited to the first paid 20 participants.

The course “Food Safety: It’s Our Business,” is designed to not only prepare food service managers to pass the certification examination, but also provides valuable education about the safe handling of food. Almost 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away from home. Therefore, careful attention to food safety will help keep customers safe and satisfied.

Foodborne illnesses are estimated to cost thousands of dollars in lost wages, insurance and medical bills. With these statistics, knowledge of how to prevent foodborne illness is essential. The benefits of improved food safety include:

  • increased customer satisfaction;
  • improved relationships with health officials; and
  • prevention of bad publicity and lawsuits due to foodborne illness.

By attending the course, food service managers will learn about:

  • identifying potentially hazardous foods and common errors in food handling;
  • preventing contamination and cross-contamination of food;
  • teaching and encouraging personal hygiene for employees;
  • complying with government regulations;
  • maintaining clean utensils, equipment and surroundings; and
  • controlling pests.

Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. Call (940) 627-3341 for more information about the course.

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