Food managers certification, training set Oct. 11-12 in Lubbock

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Kay Davis, 806-775-1740, kay.davis@ag.tamu.edu

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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Source: Agriculture Section – AgriLife Feed

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