Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Food Safety Education Program



The Food Safety Education Program aims to increase safe food handling practices at retail and consumer levels to reduce risk of food-borne illness.


Rebecca Dittmar
Program Specialist
Address: 2253 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2253

The Food Safety Education Program was developed to provide necessary classes required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) through the Texas Food Establishment Rules. These rules require a food manager pass an approved CFM exam and food preparation workers have a food handler card. This class is required for all food service employees within 30 days of employment, to promote the service of safe food. In addition to the certification programs, the Food Safety Education Program offers resources for consumers, hunters, cottage food producers, and farmers' market vendors/shoppers. The goal of the program is to increase the adoption of safe food handling practices at the retail and consumer levels to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.

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  • Program

    Preserving the Harvest is a program series that teaches ways to preserve foods with tested recipes and research-based methods, using “hands-on” activities to practice preservation skills.

    jars of homemade preserves
  • Service

    The AgriLife Extension Food Technology Specialist accept shelf-stable acid and acidified foods for shelf-life and safety testing.

    hands taking a bottle of juice off a shelf
  • Program

    The Food Technology and Processing program provides resources and expertise for individuals interested in food processing for personal or commercial use.

    jars of homemade preserves