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Food protection management course offered

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Food Service Managers are encouraged to attend a food safety training program 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, and Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County office, located at 206 S. State St. in Decatur.

This program includes training, materials and the state-approved food manager certification examination (ServeSafe). Call (940) 627-3341 for registration information.

The “Food Safety: It’s Our Business” course is designed to not only prepare food-service managers to pass the certification examination; it will provide valuable education regarding 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.

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

  • increased customer satisfaction
  • improved relationships with health officials
  • 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.

Food-borne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. For more information about the Food Manager Certification Training course of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service call the Extension office at (940) 627-3411.

Registration is limited to the first 20 paid participants.

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