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.
If under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager on site.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Taylor, Jones, and Runnels Counties, is offering a professional food manager certification training course. This program will be offered for $125 on October 21 & 28, 2013 at the Taylor County Extension Office in Abilene. Cost includes training, materials, and a national food manager certification examination. The food manager’s certification will be valid for five years. The deadline for registration is October 14.
This program is designed to not only prepare foodservice managers to pass the certification examination, but also to provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food. 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
Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. For more information about the Professional Food Manager Certification Training course of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, called “Food Safety: It’s Our Business,” call Jane Rowan at the Taylor County Extension Office at 325-672-6048.