WISE NOTES FOR CONSUMERS

Sign up for food handlers training

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Wise County provides a Food Protection Management (FPM) training program that seeks to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” were revised and updated and became effective Oct. 11, 2015. A major change in the revisions now require all food employees to complete an accredited food handler’s training program within 60 days of employment. The Texas Cottage Food Law also requires that anyone who operates a cottage food business have a food handler card.

Food service employees and those who operate a cottage food business can attend a two-hour food handler’s class, accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Wise County Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur. The certificate is good for two years and is valid anywhere in the state of Texas. Participants will learn about good personal hygiene, cross-contamination and time and temperature abuse.

Call the Extension office at 940-627-3341 to sign up. Deadline is Monday, April 11. The registration fee is $20 and covers course materials and an official food handler card.

Individuals with disabilities who require auxiliary aide service or accommodation in order to participate in the event are encouraged to contact our office within five working days prior to the program.

Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, national origin or genetic information or veteran status.

The class is taught in English, but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance.

The 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 Wise County commissioners.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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