June 20 deadline to sign up for food handler’s course

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Food-borne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Wise County provides a Food Protection Management Training Program that seeks to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.

Food service employees and those who operate a cottage food business can attend a two-hour food handler’s class Tuesday, June 24 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Wise County Extension Office in Decatur, to learn more about good personal hygiene, cross-contamination and time-and-temperature abuse.

The $20 registration fee covers course materials and an official food handler card. Registration deadline for Food Handler certification is June 20.

A recent change to the Texas Cottage Food Law requires that anyone who operates a cottage food business have a food handler card. The new food law also allows more foods that can be prepared and sold from a residential kitchen.

The previous law limited the foods that could be sold to mainly baked goods, jams and jellies, and dried herbs. Under the amended law, which took effect Sept. 1, 2013, the list of foods that can be sold has been expanded to include pickles, popcorn snacks, candy, unroasted nut butters and vinegar.

In addition, these foods can be sold at venues outside the home including farmers markets, roadside stands and fairs.

For questions concerning these classes or the Texas Cottage Food Law, call 940-627-3341 or come by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Wise County Office at 206 S. State St., Decatur, Texas 76234.

The Food Protection Management (FPM) Training Program is brought to you by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the county commissioners court.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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