Course to curb foodborne illnesses

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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Foodborne 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 foodborne illness.

The Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) requires all food industry employees 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, April 18 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Wise County office located at 206 S. State Street in Decatur.

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

Contact the Extension office, 940-627-3341 to sign up. The registration fee is $20 and covers course materials and an official food handler card. The registration deadline is April 17. Space is limited.

Individuals with disabilities who require auxiliary aide service or accommodation 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 food protection management 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 Cooperating.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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