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Texas AgriLife Extension Service to Offer Food Manager Certification Training Course
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 • Posted August 19, 2009

Statistics indicate that food borne 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 food borne illness.

Texas AgriLife Extension, Gillespie County, is offering a food manager certification training course. This program will be offered for $100 on September 28-29 at the Gillespie County Extension Office. Cost includes training, materials, and the State food manager certification examination. Deadline for registration is September 8th.

This program 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 on every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away form home. Therefore, careful attention to food safety will help keep customers safe and satisfied.

Food borne illnesses are estimated to cost thousands of dollars in lost wages, insurance, and medical bills. With these statistics, knowledge of how to prevent food borne 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 food borne ill-

ness.

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

• identifying potentially hazard-

ous foods and common errors in

food handling

• preventing contamination and

cross-contamination of food

• teaching and encouraging per-

sonal hygiene for employees

• complying with government

regulations

• maintaining clean utensils,

equipment and surroundings

• controlling pests

Food borne illness can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. For more information about the Food Manager Certification Training course of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, called "Food Safety: It's Our Business," call Shea Nebgen at (830) 997-3452.

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