WISE NOTES FOR CONSUMERS

Extension to offer food handlers class

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, July 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 to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Food service employees and those who operate a cottage food business can attend a two-hour food handlers class from 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 18 at the Wise County Extension office in Decatur.

The class will teach good personal hygiene, cross contamination and time and temperature abuse. Registration fee is $20 and covers course materials and an official food handler card. The deadline for registration is July 17. Space is limited.

The Texas Cottage Food Law requires that anyone who operates a cottage food business have a food handler card. The law allows the sale of baked goods, jams and jellies, dried herbs, pickles, popcorn snacks, candy, unroasted nut butters and vinegar. These foods can also be sold at venues outside the home, including farmers markets, roadside stands and fairs.

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

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 Wise County.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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