Food Handlers Course

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.  Lost wages due to illness coupled with the loss of business, reputation, employees and the potential for litigation against the business that originated the foodborne illness can become a problem for our local economy.  Fortunately, there are ways we can prevent foodborne illness that originate at the restaurant and at home.

Per the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Texas Food Establishment Rules, all food establishment employees who handle food must complete an accredited food handler training course within 60 days of employment, as well as anyone operating a cottage food business.  This course is intended to provide a valuable education regarding the safe handling of food and provide a certification that lasts for two years.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be offering a Food Handlers Course on Saturday, March 28.  The course begins at 10:00 am and will last for approximately 2 hours. Cost of the class is $20 per person.  Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a Food Handler’s Certificate, good anywhere in the State of Texas.

For questions or more information contact Family & Community Health Extension agent, Chris Coon, at 254-435-2331 or email   or to RSVP please complete the form below :

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