2013-07-25 / Community News

Food Manager Certification Training Course

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Lee County, is offering a one-day professional food manager certification training course on Monday, July 29. Training will be held in Giddings at the Extension office, located at 310 South Grimes. Registration is $115 and 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 to provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food, while preparing food service managers to pass the certification examination.

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.

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. The benefits of improved food safety include:

* Increased customer satisfaction

* Improved relationships with health officials

* Prevention of bad publicity and law suits due to foodborne illness

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

Dinner Tonight!

Lee County is the site for the August 8,travel edition of Dinner Tonight!, a cooking school road show. Hosted in the Lee County Extension office at 310 South Grimes, in Giddings, doors open at 5:30 pm with demonstrations beginning at 6:00 pm.

The Show is designed to demonstrate easy “prepare at home” meals, money saving recipes and ideas, improve meal nutritional value and the opportunity to learn a greater control of food safety.

Dinner Tonight! Recipes are developed, tested and presented by Extension experts and educators, specializing in food and nutrition. Planned meals include herb-crusted pork chops, quick tilapia and chicken quesadillas.

The cost is $20/person which includes registration, meal tasting and door prizes. Please RSVP by calling the Extension office at (979) 542-2753 or go on-line at www.evenbrite.com.

Individuals with disabilities who plan to attend the meeting and who may need auxiliary aids, services or accommodations must contact the Lee County Extension office at least five (5) days prior to the event so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Tonya Poncik is the Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, in Lee County. She can be reached at (979)542-2753, or visit the Lee County office at 310 S. Grimes Street in Giddings.

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