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Cleaning frequently touched surfaces like light switches and door knobs are important to reduce the chance of COVID-19 spread in the household. (Texas A&M AgriLife graphic by Kim Topp)
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AgriLife Extension online activity programs can be used in, near home While COVID-19 presents challenges to maintaining an active lifestyle, physical activity can be done in and near the home, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. “Even a small amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity can help reduce blood pressure and anxiety symptoms,” said… Read More →
Contacts: Contact: Kay Davis, 806-775-1740, Kay.Davis@ag.tamu.edu
PLAINVIEW — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering a professional food manager certification training course Sept. 26-27 in Plainview.
The cost is $125, and the program will be held at the AgriLife Extension Service office in Hale County at 225 Broadway St., Suite 6. Registration and training fee is due by Sept. 11 by calling 806-775-1740.
The course will run 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m, both days. The fee includes training materials and a national food manager certification examination. The food manager’s certification is valid throughout the state for five years.
The course will cover:
- 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.
The Texas Department of State Health Services jurisdiction requires each food establishment to employ one certified food service manager.
“The program is designed to prepare food service managers to pass the certification examination, and it will provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food,” said Kay Davis, AgriLife Extension community and health agent, Lubbock County.
“Almost 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away from home,” Davis said. “Therefore, careful attention to food safety is important to help keep customers safe and satisfied.”
She said food borne illnesses can cost an establishment thousands of dollars in lost wages, insurance and medical bills, so knowledge of how to prevent food borne illness is crucial.
According to Davis, the benefits of improved food safety include:
- Increased customer satisfaction.
- Improved relationships with health officials.
- Prevention of bad publicity and lawsuits due to food borne illness.
“Statistics indicate that food borne illness continues to be a health issue in the U.S.,” Davis said. “Each year, one in six Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized and 3,000 will die due to food borne illness.”
For more information about AgriLife Extension’s Professional Food Manager Certification Training course “Food Safety: It’s Our Business,” call Deana Sageser at 806-291-5270 or Davis at 806-775-1740, or go to https://foodsafety.tamu.edu.
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By: Kay Ledbetter
LUBBOCK – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Lubbock County will offer a Professional Food Manager Certification Training Course Oct. 11-12 at the agency’s office, 916 Main St., Suite 401, Lubbock.
Under the Texas Department of State Health Services jurisdiction, each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager employed by that establishment, said Kay Davis, AgriLife Extension family and community health agent for Lubbock County.
The training will run from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and will cost $125. The fee 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.
The “Food Safety: It’s Our Business” course book is offered in English, Spanish or Chinese/Mandarin. Attendees must bring photo identification to take the exam.
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, Davis said.
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.
For more information about the course, visit our website at http://foodsafety.tamu.edu/ or contact Davis at 806-775-1740.
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