WISE NOTES FOR CONSUMERS

Upcoming food handler’s course open for sign-ups

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, May 11, 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 revision now requires all food employees to complete an accredited food handlers 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. on Wednesday, May 25, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Wise County office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur.

This two-hour course will now be required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The certificate is good for two years and is valid anywhere in Texas. Participants will learn about good personal hygiene, cross contamination and time and temperature abuse.

Contact the Extension office at 940-627-3341 to sign up. The registration fee is $20 and covers course materials and an official food handler card. Registration deadline is Monday, May 23. Space is limited.

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 County Commissioners.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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