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Food handler’s course set

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. The Wise County Extension office provides a food protection management training program that seeks to reduce the risk of food borne 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, on Wednesday, April 12, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Wise County Extension office, 206 S. State Street, 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 the state. 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. The registration fee is $20 and covers course materials and an official food handler card. Registration deadline for the food handler certification course is Tuesday, April 11. 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. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service educational programs 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 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.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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