Why is Texas food safety training important?
Food safety has been an important issue in the restaurant industry for decades. Foodborne illnesses are still a major problem in the U.S. The CDC estimates that each year 9.4 million Americans get sick, more than 55,900 are hospitalized, and a shocking 1,351 people die from foodborne illnesses just from known pathogens.
The top 3 causes of foodborne illness attributed to food service handlers are: poor personal hygiene, improper holding temperatures, improper cooling procedures.
Since the majority of foodborne illnesses are attributed to food service handlers, and the top contributing factors are related to handlers behavior, the importance of the training food handlers receive is critical
Texas Food Service Industry & Economy
According the National Restaurant Association, the U.S. restaurant workforce is 10% of the overall U.S. workforce and an annual revenue of more the $799 billion. Source: NRA - 2017 Restaurant Industry Pocket Factbook (PDF)
Likewise, restaurants are a driving force in Texas’s economy. They provide jobs and build careers for thousands of people, and play a vital role in local communities throughout the state. Food service training is key to keep this economy growing.
Texas has approximately 43,670 food and beverage serving locations, with an annual revenue of more than $54.1 billion and over 1,273,000 restaurant/bar jobs (10% of employment on the state). Texas is expected to see 16.3% job growth over the next 10 years, well above the industry average. Source: NRA - Texas Restaurant Industry at a Glance (PDF)
In the Austin metropolitan area alone, the food service sector generates $4.1 billion in economic activity and supports more than 43,000 jobs. Whether you're interested in starting your own restaurant, food trailer, or food processing business, there are important things you should know before getting started.
Texas Food Handler and Manager Requirements
Texas Food Manager Requirements
Texas requires that a person-in-charge (PIC), owner, or employee of a food service establishment - (i.e., bars, restaurants, mobile vendors, food trucks, caterers, assisted-living, and day care centers) be a Certified Food Manager (CFM) as outlined in the Texas Food Code by successfully passing an ANSI-accredited and Texas Department of State Health Service approved - food safety certification exam.
Texas Food Handler Requirements
Texas requires food handler training for all individuals working in Texas food service establishments - (i.e., restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis, mobile vendors, food trucks, bars, kiosks, convenience stores, and other food service employees).
Texas Food Manager ANSI Exam
New Online Certification Exam
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hours
The Learn2Serve Texas Food Manager Certification Examination is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and is a fully recognized Food Protection Management Examination.
The Exam is scheduled and taken entirely online - no need for 3rd Party Test Proctor.
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Texas HACCP Food Safety Training
Three Types of HACCP Training
1. Nation's first HACCP 16hr accredited course for retail food establishments - accepted nationwide and accredited by the International HACCP Alliance.
2. School District HACCP 4hr course.
3. Seafood HACCP Training 1hr course required by
21 CFR Part 123 (Seafood HACCP Regulation).