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Wise Notes for Consumers: Register for food handler class

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County provides a Food Protection Management Training Program that seeks to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Food service employees and those who operate a cottage food business can attend a two-hour food handler’s class 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the Wise County Extension office in Decatur to learn more about good personal hygiene, cross contamination and time and temperature abuse. Cost is $20, which covers course materials and an official food handler card. Register by Tuesday. Space is limited.

The Texas Cottage Food Law requires anyone who operates a cottage food business to have a food handler card. The food law allows the following foods to be sold: 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 the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension 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 Wise County commissioners.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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