DUMAS -- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Moore County is offering a Professional Food Manager Certification Training course on October 22-23 at the AgriLife Extension office for Moore County, 310 East First Street, Dumas.
"The program includes training, materials and a national food manager certification examination," said Sue Owens, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent in Moore County. "The food manager's certification will be valid for five years."
"Under the Texas Department of State Health Services jurisdiction, each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager on site," Owens said.
The benefits of improved food safety include: Increased customer satisfaction, improved relationships with health officials and prevention of bad publicity and law suits due to foodborne illness, Owens said.
Foodservice managers attending the program 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.
Advanced registration is required by Oct. 19. For more information or to register for the course, call the AgriLife Extension office in Moore County, 806-935-2594.