Texas Cooperative Extension, Palo Pinto County, is offering a food manager certification training course.

The course is Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Palo Pinto County Extension Office in Palo Pinto. Registration forms and the $79 course fee should be submitted before Aug. 15. The registration fee includes training, materials, and the state food manager certification examination.

During a past legislative session, a statute was amended that allowed the Texas Department of State Health Services to require each food establishment to have one certified food manager. 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.

Statistics indicate that food-borne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 4 Americans will become sick, 1 in 1,000 will become hospitalized, and 5,000 will die due to a food-borne illness.

Almost 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away from home.

For more information about the Food Manager Certification Training course of Texas Cooperative Extension, called “Food Safety: It's Our Business,” or to obtain a registration form, call Lynette Babcock, Palo Pinto County Extension Agent, at (940) 659-1228.

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