The food handler program, accredited with the Texas Department of State Health Services, assists food service employees, cottage food business operators, and others meet the requirement of having a food handlers or food safety course. The Texas Department of State Health Services, under the Texas Food Establishment Rules, requires that “all food employees shall successfully complete an accredited food handlers training course, within 60 days of employment.
Texas Cottage Food Law requires an individual who operates a cottage food production operation to have successfully completed an accredited basic food safety education or training program for food handlers.
This food handler training takes less than 2 hours to complete. It is designed to promote the preparation of safe food in food establishments and other venues. Some topics discussed are: good personal hygiene, cross-contamination, and time and temperature principles.
To learn more about Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Food Safety Education Program, go to https://foodsafety.tamu.edu, or call Rebecca Dittmar (830) 896-9037 or Julie Prouse (979) 458-2025.