The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” was revised and updated and became effective Oct. 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 Sept. 16.

Two food handler’s courses accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services are being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Brown County. Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. for Tuesday, Jan. 26 and from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Both trainings will be held at the Salvation Army of Brownwood. The address is 403 Lakeway Blvd, Brownwood, TX. 76801.

This one to two hour course will now be required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The certificate is good for two 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 either the Jan. 26 or Feb. 2 course, call the Extension office at 325-646-0386 or come by 605 Fisk Avenue, Brownwood, TX. 76801. Registration can also be done in-person the day of the course. The cost is $20 per person and must be paid in full before the course begins. 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.

Individuals with disabilities who require auxiliary aide service or accommodation in order to participate in the event are encouraged to contact our office within 5 working days prior to the program. Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, national origin or genetic information or veteran status.

For more information, please contact Kim Miles, County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences at 325-646-0386 or kamiles@ag.tamu.edu.