Food Handlers Course
The CDC estimates that each year about 1 in 6 people in the US suffers from a foodborne illness, 128,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 people die from foodborne diseases. The best way to prevent the spread of foodborne pathogens that cause illness in a Food Establishment is to ensure that the employees are properly trained. The first step is for each employee to complete an approved course in Basic Food Safety to obtain a Food Handlers Card before their first day of food handling.
Health District Food Handlers Course
Food handler training is required for any individual working in a food service establishment. Classes provide training in proper food handling, which is required to obtain a food handler certificate. Classes are offered each month by the Health District to ensure that establishements and food handlers receive the required training. Classes are offered in English and Spanish .
Food Handlers are now required to fill out an application and pay for the Food Handlers course at the time of the class. Class size is limited to 40 students and will be closed when that number is reached. Arrive at least 10 minutes early to secure a place in class and complete an application. The cost of the 2 hour course is $20.00. Advanced approval must be obtained for establishments that wish to be billed for employees training. For more information please call (940)761-7820.
As of June 22, 2015 Governor Abbott signed into law S.B. 582 which eliminates the authority of a local health jurisdiction to require certain fees. The law states: A food service worker trained in a food handler training course accredited by the American National Standards Institute is considered to have met a local health jurisdiction's training, testing, and permitting requirements. A local health jurisdiction may require a food establishment to maintain on the premises of the food establishment a certificate of completion of the training course for employees of the food establishment.
The procedure for renewing a Food Handlers Card every two years remains in effect.
Individuals with Disabilities
The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health District is committed to access, reasonable accommodations and equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. To request special accommodations for Food Handlers Education please call 940-761-7820.