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TEXAS FOOD HANDLER REQUIREMENTS
Food facilities, acceptable by Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and handling, prepping, or serving exposed foods which are potentially hazardous, must hire a certified food manager. The Food Manager Certification should be acquired by successfully passing an accredited, approved exam, such as ServSafe or Always Food Safe.
The Texas Administrative Code Title 25 contains the food safety laws for retail food establishments. And within the laws, Rule §228.33 lists the requirements for certified food protection managers:
At minimum, the establishment must have one employee with management responsibilities and the authority to control food preparation and service who is a certified food protection manager. The original food manager certificate must be posted in a location at the establishment that very visible to customers.
In January of 2010, The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) stopped administering the Certified Food Manager (CFM) exam. Now, the DSHS approves outside providers that you can go through to earn your CFM.
There are two different programs you can choose to get certified: a DSHS-approved exam or an ANSI-CFP exam. The Texas DSHS-Approved one is only good for Texas. On the other hand, the ASI-CFP accredited exam is good anywhere in the United States that accepts this program—which includes the majority of states.
|Approved Certification Exams|
Always Food Safe
|Food Safety Training Requirement|
Every 5 years at a state level
Some local counties have special requirements, for example, registering the Food Manager Certificate with the Health Department, or needing to pay an additional fee for the issuance of a Food Manager Certificate.
The following food facilities are excused from the requirement:
- Facilities that deal with only prepackaged food and do not package food
- Child care establishments
- Facilities that do not prepare or handle exposed foods that are potentially hazardous
- Nonprofit institutions
Yes, the original copy of the food manager certificate should be posted in an area in the food facility that is noticeable to consumers.
Yes, it will be valid. Food Manager Certification exams provided by training programs that are accredited through the American National Standards Institute – Conference of Food Protection (ANSI-CFP) receive nationwide reciprocity. Although, it is important to remember that specific cities or counties have different requirements, for example, registering your certificate with the local health department. Check with your local health department for additional certification requirements and information.
- 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.