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AgriLife Extension to offer Food Manager Certification Training course


Before the next health inspection, eating establishments may want to review whether or not they have a certified food manager. If not, Texas AgriLife Extension Service is offering a course to help them meet state requirements.

By law, food establishments are to have at least one staff member with a valid certification, said Sue Church, AgriLife Extension family and consumer science agent in Potter County.

AgriLife Extension officials from Sherman and Potter counties are offering a two-day food manager certification training course. If successfully completed, this course allows establishments to meet the state requirement.

"Food Safety: It's Our Business" will be offered Feb. 17 to 18 at AgriLife Extension's office in Potter County, 3301 E. 10th St., Amarillo. Registration deadline is Feb. 3.

Included with the training will be materials and the state food manager certification examination. Cost of the course is $110. For those individuals wanting to test only, the cost is $60.

Food-borne illnesses affecting an establishment are estimated to cost thousands of dollars in lost wages, insurance and medical bills, Church 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; and controlling pests.

For more information about the Food Manager Certification Training course, call Susie Spurlock, AgriLife Extension family and consumer science agent in Sherman County, at 806-366-2081, or Church at 806-373-0713.

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