Extension office sets professional food handlers course

 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to Offer

Professional Food Manager Certification Training Course

 

Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized, and 3,000 will die due to a foodborne illness.

 

Under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager employed by that establishment. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Shelby County, is offering a two-day professional food manager certification training course. This program will be offered for $125 on January 30 and 31, 2019 at the Shelby County Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas. Cost includes training, materials, and a national food manager certification examination. The food manager’s certification will be valid anywhere in the state of Texas for five years.

 

This program is designed to not only prepare foodservice managers to pass the certification examination; it will 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.

 

By attending the course, foodservice 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 the Professional Food Manager Certification Training course of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, called “Food Safety: It’s Our Business,” call Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent at 936-598-7744 or via email at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu. Registration in advance is required by January 18, 2019.