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Maine FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
|State Regulations||The state requires food establishments to have at least one employee with supervisory and management responsibility needs to become a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM).|
|Approved Certification Exams||Always Food Safe
ServSafe and Prometric
|Food Safety Training Requirement||No|
|Certificate Renewal||5 years|
|Additional Requirements||All food service workers employed for organizations licensed by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants must take and pass a food safety training course to acquire a food worker certificate from an accredited program.|
Does the food manager need to be present at the food establishment at all times?
When four or more employees are operating in a licensed food facility, a minimum of one certified food protection manager must be there. If there are three or less employees, the certified food manager does not need to be present during that time of operation.
Do I need to have a certified food protection manager on board before I open my business?
The law states that you have 60 days to make sure a food establishment has a certified food protection manager employed when a business is just started, there is a change in ownership, or the previous certified food protection manager quits.
Who is excused from the Food Manager Certification requirement?
Foodservice vendors that are temporary and vending machine workers.
• Bed and breakfast establishments with 5 rooms or less;
• Temporary eating establishments that operate fewer than 14 days;
• Bed and breakfast and lodging establishments that serve a continental breakfast consisting of non-potentially hazardous baked goods, whole fruit or fruit sliced for same-day service, cereal, milk, juice, portion-controlled cream cheese, portioned controlled peanut butter, and portion-controlled jam or jelly;
• Establishments that serve or sell non-potentially hazardous pre-packaged foods (non-time/temperature control for safety (TCS) foods);
• Establishments that prepare only non-potentially hazardous foods (non-TCS foods); and
• Establishments that heat only commercially processed, potentially hazardous foods (TCS foods) for hot holding. No cooling of potentially hazardous foods (TCS foods);
• Sporting/ Recreational Camps operating 90 days or less and serving only their own residential guests; and
• Eating establishments that pose minimal risk of causing, or contributing to, foodborne illness, based on the nature of the operation and the extent of food preparation.
What training do you provide in Maine?
- Online Food Manager Training: A self-paced training that is online and incorporates different learning experiences such as graphics, audio, and cooperative learning exercises. This is a very effective learning program.
- Online Study Guide: A study guide (20+ pages) that covers the major FDA food theories. This study guide also encompasses the Top 10 Tips to Passing the Food Manager Exam and two practice tests. All of these are done online.
- Food Manager Exam: The test is conducted online via the Always Food Safe Company which is ANSI accredited and recognized by state and county health departments.
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