Food manager training to be offered in Spanish March 7-8 in Amarillo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Amalia Mata, 806-364-3573, Asmata@ag.tamu.edu

AMARILLO – A professional food manager certification training course in Spanish will be offered March 7-8 in Amarillo by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Deaf Smith and Gray counties.

There will be no English materials at this training, said Amalia Mata, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent in Deaf Smith County.

Classes followed by testing will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. West. The fee is $125 and covers the training materials and a national food manager certification examination. Lunch will not be provided.

Advanced registration is required by Feb. 26. Contact Joan Gray-Soria, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent in Gray County, at 806-669-8033 or Joan.Gray-Soria@ag.tamu.edu, or by mail at 12125 E. Frederic Ave., Pampa, Texas 79065.

The Texas Department of State Health Services requires every food establishment to have one certified food manager on site, Mata said. The food manager’s certification will be valid anywhere in the state of Texas for five years.

This program is designed to not only prepare food service managers to pass the certification examination, it will provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food, she said.

By attending the course, food service managers 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.

Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices, Mata said.

For more information about the training course, call Mata at 364-3573.
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