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Stay Safe During the Holidays 

The City of Amarillo's Environmental Health Department encourages everyone to take a few precautions in food preparation to increase the chances of the holidays ending with nothing but great memories.

To ensure friends and family can enjoy the holiday without a food-borne illness, follow these tips to help keep the food safe from bacterial growth:

  • Thaw your frozen foods one of three ways: In the refrigerator, under cold running water or in the microwave just prior to cooking.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after handling raw products, and as often as necessary.
  • Thoroughly cook all food items to an internal temperature of at least 165 F.
  • Keep all raw foods away from ready to eat foods to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Refrigerate all uneaten leftovers within two hours of service and discard after seven days. 

**Food Safety Alert**

 On a related note, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local regulatory officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a mutistate outbreak of Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. The CDC is advising that U.S. customers, restaurants and retailers not consume any romaine lettuce or mixed lettuce containing romaine until further information is available. If you have any romaine lettuce or mixed lettuce containing romaine, below is the recommended action:

  • Discard recalled romaine lettuce or mixed lettuce containing romaine.
  • Empty your refrigerator.
  • Wash all cleanable parts with warm soapy water.
  • Wipe all cleanable parts with clean water to remove soap.
  • Dry with a clean towel.
  • Disinfect with 1 tablespoon of liquid bleach per gallon of water.
  • Return all items back to refrigerator.
  • Don't forget to wash your hands!

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The Environmental Health Department operates within the Community Services Division and is a member of the Amarillo Bi-City-County Health District. Environmental Health services are provided to the citizens of Amarillo and by cooperative agreement to the City of Canyon and Potter and Randall Counties. The services provided to Amarillo, Canyon, Potter and Randall Counties are fee-based.

 

What is Environmental Health?

Environmental Health is the expertise and science of minimizing human injury and illness and improving long-term human health by:

  • Identifying and evaluating environmental contamination and hazardous agents
  • Limiting exposures of chemical, physical and biological agents in food, water, soil and air as well as other environmental media or setting that may adversely affect human health.

The City of Amarillo Environmental Health Department employs multiple Environmental Health Specialists with the appropriate academic education, continual training and licenses to:

  • Investigate, sample and assess hazardous environmental agents in various environmental media and settings
  • Recommend and apply protective interventions that control hazards to health
  • Develop and provide health communications and educational materials
  • Engage community members to understand, address and resolve problems
  • Review construction, land use plans and make appropriate recommendations
  • Interpret research utilizing science and evidence to understand the relationship between health and the environment
  • Interpret data and prepare technical summaries and reports.

 Upcoming Servsafe Certified Food Manager Course:
 Date: Location:   PDF:
Quarterly:
See Food Manager  Schedule 
 Simms Building, 808 S. Buchanan St., Room 275
Registration 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
(Advanced Registration is Preferred)
Food Manager Schedule FY 2018-2019

 

                    Amarillo College Sponsored Servsafe Food Manager Class: Limited Spots
          Date(s):                      Location:                        Registration Link:                Cost: 

Class: Feb. 12, 2019 8am-5pm
Test: Feb. 20, 2019
8am-12pm

 Amarillo College Downtown Center 
Bud Joyner Auditorium
 Servsafe Food Manager Class Registration  $70 (originally $160)

 

 National Swimming Pool Foundation (c) CPO (c) Course:
 Date:  Location:
 TBD:  Simms Building, 808 S. Buchanan St.,
Room 275
Registration - One (1) Month in Advance

 

 City of Amarillo, TX Certified Pool Technician Course
 Date:  Location:
     TBD:         

 Simms Building, 808 S. Buchanan St.,
Room 275
Cost - $133.00
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Advanced Registration is Required)
Please call 806-378-9472 Ext. 6 for registration
with the following information:
Home address/phone number
Company address/phone number
Company email address
Supervisor's information

 

City of Amarillo, TX Certified Pool Technician Renewal Course
Date: Location:
        TBD:       

Simms Building, 808 S. Buchanan St.,
Room 275
Cost - $54.00
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 (Advanced Registration is Required)
Please call 806-378-9472 Ext. 6 for registration
with the following information:
Home address/phone number
Company address/phone number
Company email address
Supervisor's information

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