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Sign up for food safety class

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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The Food Protection Management Training Program seeks to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Food service managers can attend a two-day certification training 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, (includes exam at conclusion of course) at the Wise County Extension office in Decatur. Registration fee is $125 and includes the course book and ServeSafe exam. Deadline to register is Aug. 14 and is limited to the first 15 paid participants.

The “Food Safety: It’s Our Business” course is designed to not only prepare food service managers to pass the certification examination, but also provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food. Almost 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away from home. Therefore, careful attention to food safety will help keep customers safe and satisfied.

Foodborne illnesses are estimated to cost thousands of dollars in lost wages, insurance and medical bills. With these statistics, knowledge of how to prevent foodborne illness is essential.

The benefits of improved food safety include:

  • increased customer satisfaction
  • improved relationships with health officials
  • prevention of bad publicity and lawsuits due to foodborne illness

By attending the course, food service managers will learn about:

  • identifying potentially hazardous foods and common errors in food handling
  • preventing contamination and cross-contamination of food
  • teaching and encouraging personal hygiene for employees
  • complying with government regulations
  • maintaining clean utensils, equipment and surroundings
  • controlling pests

Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices.

For more information about this class, call 940-627-3341 or stop by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Wise County office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur.

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 cooperating.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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