The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” was revised and updated and will be effective October 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 September 16, 2016.

A food handler’s course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent, Courtney Parrott. Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands is scheduled for October 23rd starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Extension Office, 605 Fisk Avenue.

This 2-hour course will now be required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The certificate is good for 2 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 the course, call the Extension office at 325-646-0386. Registration can also be done in-person the day of the course; however the class is limited to 20 students. The cost is $20.00 per person and must be paid in full before the course begins.

Individual 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.


The class is taught in English but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance.





The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office of Brown County’s AgriLife Extension Passenger Safety Project Seatbelt Checkup event was a big success on Sept.19! Forty child safety seat inspections were conducted, and three old/unsafe seats were collected. Only two children arrived properly restrained – emphasizing why this program is of critical importance.

 The proper use of child safety seats reduces the risk of injury and death, leading to reduced medical costs, avoidance of lost future earnings and improved quality of life.         

These economic benefits are an estimated $2,159 per child age 0 to 4 and $2,606 per child age 4 to 7 for new seats distributed, and $622 per child for seat misuse corrected with an assumed 75% continued use. Based on this formula, the total economic impact for the 40 inspections at the event on Sept. 19 was $45,807.

 Thanks to the Texas Department of Transportation Brownwood District; the Brownwood Fired Department; Comanche, Coleman County Medical Center; and Texas A&M Extension Erath County for assisting us with this important event.