Food Safety

We provide educational resources and materials, including online certifications for Texas food handlers, to help both consumers and professionals follow the most up-to-date food safety best practices. Common topics include safe food handling, preparation, cooking, serving and storing.

Related Departments: Food Science & Technology, Nutrition

 

 

 

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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.

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This publication is for food managers in the food-service industry to learn proper food safety practices.

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Texans may sell certain foods prepared in their homes as long as they follow the regulations established by the state Health and Safety Code. This publication explains what types of foods may be sold, where they may be sold, and how they must be packaged and labeled. Gross sales may not exceed $50,000 annually, and […]

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This publication answers common questions about food irradiation and how it can prevent food-borne illnesses.

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These proven beef quality practices are simply better methods of doing the same jobs you’re already doing.

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The Texas 4-H Family & Community Health Program provides a variety of resources and opportunities to learn about nutrition, interior design, consumer education and more.

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Better Living for Texans program provides research and evidence-based nutrition, health and wellness knowledge to empower individuals, families, and communities to make positive changes for healthier lives.

Courses

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This food handlers certification course, accredited with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), will allow food service employees, cottage food business operators, or others to meet the requirement of having a food handler or food safety course. Participants will learn basic food safety practices for the preparation of food and can print a food handlers card.

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This course is designed to educate people who want to start a cottage food production operation out of their residence in Texas. Through this course, individuals will gain knowledge of the Texas Cottage Food Law and general rules and best practices for preparing food safely.

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Interested in selling food at a Texas farmers’ market? Need to know what permits are required? This one hour online course provides valuable information for potential vendors about the rules and regulations of Texas farmers’ markets.

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  • Course

    This food handlers certification course, accredited with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), will allow food service employees, cottage food business operators, or others to meet the requirement of having a food handler or food safety course. Participants will learn basic food safety practices for the preparation of food and can print a food handlers card.

  • Course

    This course is designed to educate people who want to start a cottage food production operation out of their residence in Texas. Through this course, individuals will gain knowledge of the Texas Cottage Food Law and general rules and best practices for preparing food safely.

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    Interested in selling food at a Texas farmers’ market? Need to know what permits are required? This one hour online course provides valuable information for potential vendors about the rules and regulations of Texas farmers’ markets.

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    This food handler course in Spanish, accredited with the Texas Department of State Health Services, will allow food service employees, cottage food business operators, or others to meet the requirement of having a food handler or food safety course. Participants will learn basic food safety practices for the preparation of food.

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    Working in a child care setting can be such a rewarding, yet difficult job. Learn how to properly handle breast milk, formula, and other foods to help prevent food-borne illness in this course. Food safety preventative measures will be discussed to help ensure you have a safe environment for babies and children.

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