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2015-01-15

Food manager training course offered

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Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, one in six 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 on site.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Kerr County, will offer a professional food manager certification training course, "Food Safety: It's Our Business," for $125 on Feb. 24 and 25 at the Kerr County Extension Office. Cost includes training, materials, and a national food manager certification examination. The food manager's certification will be valid for five years.
This program is designed not only to prepare foodservice managers to pass the certification examination, but also to provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food.
Foodservice managers who attend the course will learn to:
• identify potentially hazardous foods and common errors in food handling.
• prevent contamination and cross-contamination of food.
• teach and encourage proper personal hygiene for employees.
• comply with government regulations.
• maintain clean utensils, equipment and surroundings.
• control 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, contact Angela Fiedler at 830-257-6568 or afiedler@ag.tamu.edu.