2010-02-11 / General Stories

Two Food Safety Classes Scheduled

Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 4 Americans will become sick, 1 in 1,000 will become hospitalized, and 5,000 will die due to a foodborne illness.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Lee County, is offering two food safety classes in March. On March 3-4, a professional food manager certification training course will be offered. This 2-day program will be offered from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day at the Lee County Extension office, located at 310 South Grimes in Giddings. Cost is $110 per person and includes training, materials and the State food manager certification examination. This program is designed to prepare foodservice managers to pass the certification examination

On March 8, a Food Handlers Class will be held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. This 2-hour course is highly recommended for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The cost is $15 per person. The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment. Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination and time and temperature abuse.

For registration information, call the Extension office at 979-542-2753 The classes are taught in English but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance.

Individuals with disabilities who require auxiliary aide service or accommodation in order to participate in the event are encouraged to contact our office within 5 working days prior to the program. Educational programs of Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or national origin.

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