Food manager training, testing set Aug. 24-25

By CHERYL WALKER Milam County AgriLife Extension Agent

St at ist ic s ind ic ated t hat foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 to 4 Americans will become sick, 1 in 1,000 w ill become hospitalized, and 5,000 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.

On Aug. 24 and 25 the Texas AgriLife Extension Ser vice - Milam County Office will be of fer ing a food safet y cer tification training and testing. Space is limited, so you must pre-register.

Cost of the course book, training and testing is $110. Registration materials are available at the Milam County Extension Office, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron, or on the website under events http://milamtx.

The food safety certification training is designed to not only prepare food service 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.

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.

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

• Identifying potentially hazardous foods and common errors in food handling

• Preventing contamination a nd cross- contaminat ion of food teaching and encouraging personal hygiene for employees

• Complying with government regulations

• Maintaining clean utensils, equipment and surroundings

• Controlling pests

Contact the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697- 7045 for more information and registration materials for the Food Safety Certification Training Course and Testing.

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