A two-day food manager certification training course is scheduled Feb. 15-16 in Lubbock.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event is designed for food service managers. Certification is valid for five years in the state of Texas.
The cost is $125, and the training will be held at the AgriLife Extension office in Lubbock County, 916 Main St., in the first-floor bank lobby. The cost includes training, materials and a national food manager certification examination.
Register through the office by calling 806-775-1740.
“We’re excited to offer this in-person, training to fully prepare those who are required to have the food manager’s certification to pass the ServSafe exam,” said Cory Edwards, AgriLife Extension family and community health agent, Lubbock.
The Texas Department of State Health Services requires food establishments to have one certified food manager employed. All food establishments that prepare/serve potentially hazardous foods must have at least one certified food manager at their facility.
Food safety training topics
Edwards said 3,000 people die each year due to foodborne illnesses, the majority of which could be prevented by following simple food safety practices.
The course will cover food safety topics to include:
— 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.