Food Handlers Class to be held, February 22

A Special to the Reporter
Staff Writer

The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” was revised and updated and became effective October 11, 2015. A major change in the revision now requires all food employees to complete an accredited food handlers training program within 60 days of employment, effective September 16, 2016.
A Food Handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Food Safety: It’s in Your Hands is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.. The training will be held at the Nolan County Courthouse, 3rd floor conference room. The address is 100 East 3rd Street, Sweetwater, TX. 79556.
This 1-2-hour course is now be required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The certificate is good for 2 years and is valid anywhere in the State of Texas. The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment. Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.
To register for the February 22 course, call the Nolan County Extension office at 325-236-6912 or come by 100 East 3rd Street, Suite 305, Sweetwater, TX. 79556 by Tuesday, February 20. There is a cost that must be paid before the class. Cash, check or money orders are the only forms of payment that will be accepted. The class is taught in English but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance.
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