Texas Food Safety Certification - Food Handler Manager Training

Texas Food Safety State Requirements

Texas Food Safety TrainingTexas requires that a food handler and a person in charge, an owner, manager or employee of a food establishment (i.e., restaurants, markets, bakeries, bars, food trucks, commissaries, and food facilities that prepare, handle, or serve non-prepackaged potentially hazardous food) demonstrate knowledge of food safety as outlined in the FDA Food Code by successfully passing an approved food safety training course, and if needed, become a certified food manager, take an accredited ANSI-CFP 8-hour food safety certification course, and pass an examination.

Food Handlers are required to take a short 2 hour training course and pass an exam. To become a Certified Food Manager, taking an approved Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Training Course and passing an exam is necessary. The Learn2Serve Food Protection Manager Certification is approved by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP). This accredited exam is accepted in all states that have mandatory certification requirements for Food Management Professionals. Local requirements may exceed the state’s minimum requirements.

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The Texas Food Handler Education or Training Program (FHP) Rule §229.178 (PDF) is based on Senate Bill (SB) 552 of the 80th Legislature (2007), regarding the accreditation of basic food safety education or training programs for food handlers.

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Food Handler Program, along with the Certified Food Manager Program, is dedicated to the health and safety of the citizens of the state, educating food service employees in the principles of food safety to produce safe food products for Texas consumers.

Approved Texas Certified Food Manager Provider
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Reference: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/food-managers/certification.aspx

Texas Food Safety Regulations

Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 437 - Regulation Of Food Service Establishments, Retail Food Stores, Mobile Food Units, And Roadside Food Vendors
URL: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.437.htm

Texas Administrative Code - Title 25: Health Services - Chapter 229: Food and Drug - Subchapter K: Texas Food Establishments - Rule Section 229.176: Certification of Food Managers
URL: http://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.TacPage?...pt=1&ch=229&rl=176

Texas Food Safety State Contact(s)

Texas Department of State Health Services
Environmental and Consumer Safety Section
Food Establishments Group
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: (512) 834-6753
Web: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/food-managers/default.aspx

Houston, San Antonio, Bexar County, Travis County, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Plano, Laredo, Lubbock, Garland, Irving, Amarillo, Brownsville, Grand Prairie, Pasadena, Mesquite, McKinney, McAllen, Killeen, Waco, Carrollton, Abilene, Beaumont, Frisco, Denton, Midland, Wichita Falls, Odessa, Round Rock, Richardson, The Woodlands, Tyler, Lewisville, College Station, San Angelo, Pearland, Allen, League City, Longview, Sugar Land.

Texas Food Safety Local Requirements

Local Requirements: Some cities and counties have certification requirements that exceed the state’s minimum requirements.

Texas Food Safety Additional Information

Certified Food Manager (CFM) Program Questions Pertaining to Department of States Health Services Jurisdiction:

1. I am permitted as as a retail food establishment in the state of Texas; must I obtain food manager certification? Food establishments handling, preparing, or serving exposed time/temperature control for safety foods, must employ a certified food manager. The manager’s original certificate is required to be posted in the establishment in a location conspicuous to consumers. The manager certification requirement was authorized by §437.0076 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and 25 TAC §229.177(b).

2. How do I obtain food manager certification? The food manager certification is obtained by passing a department approved certified food manager examination.

3. Where can I take the examination for certification?  The food manager certification examination may be taken at any licensed program; test site; national program; or online examination provider. You will find the listing of accredited training programs, licensed test sites, and internet testing on our CFM website.

4. What examinations are accepted by the state as meeting the certified food manager requirement?  Examinations that meet state requirement are offered through licensed training programs, test sites, and online. A list of each type of provider can be found on the link at the top of this page.

5. Are there any examinations accepted by the state that can be taken on the Internet? Examinations that meet the DSHS requirement for certification of food managers as an Internet Examination provider can be found on the link at the top of this page. Certificates issued upon the completion of the examinations are valid in Texas.

6. Where do I obtain my food manager certification examination results? Candidates who have taken a food manager examination should obtain examination results from the accredited program or licensed test site where the examination was administered.

7. What type of Certified Food Manager Certificate will I receive? An official Certified Food Manager Certificate is issued to each candidate upon passing the examination. This certificate must be posted in an area that is conspicuous to the consumers.

  • The official National Certified Food Manager Certificate issued by each licensed national program varies in size and issuance process. Candidates should check with the examination provider for specific information.
  • The official Online Certified Food Manager Certificate issued by each licensed online provider vary in size and issuance process. Candidates should check with the examination provider for specific information.

8. What if I lose my certificate? Candidates who have taken one of the DSHS approved national or online examinations must contact the examination provider for instructions on how to obtain a replacement certificate.

9. Are the CFM courses offered in any other languages than English? Yes, exams are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Modern Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, Japanese, French and French Canadian. Please see website for information regarding specific languages offered.

Certified Food Manager (CFM) Program Questions Pertaining to Local Health Jurisdictions

1. My food establishment is permitted by a local health jurisdiction; must I obtain food manager certification? Under §228.33(a) At least one employee that has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service shall be a certified food protection manager who has shown proficiency of required information through passing a test that is part of an accredited program. Food establishments permitted by a local health jurisdiction should contact that specific jurisdiction to obtain information regarding their requirements for food manager certification.

2. Is my local health jurisdictions required to accept a DSHS approved examination certificate as meeting the training requirement? County health departments, public health districts, and city health departments must accept certificates issued for passing any DSHS approved examination as meeting the training and testing requirements of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 438.

3. Are there any additional fees that may be charged by a local health jurisdiction? A fee may be charged by a local health jurisdiction for a certificate issued to a certified food manager that has obtained an official certificate. This was authorized under Texas Health and Safety Code §438.046.

ANSI Certified Food Handler Course

Course Description
Most people working in restaurants, on a mobile food truck, caterers, and non-restaurant facilities need food safety training or a food handlers card. To get that card, food handling and serving personnel should complete food handling training. After completing the course, they have to present the food handlers certificate to their local authority and pay the required registration fees.

Food Handler Training is often intended for entry-level professionals in the food service industry, such as servers, chefs, cooks, cashiers, food truck workers, mobile food vendors, caterers, and even convenient store (c-store) clerks. The Food Handler Certificate will require the learner to complete a brief 2-hour training course covering basic food safety principles. At the conclusion of the course, the learner will be tested on their knowledge of the content and learning outcomes. Upon successfully passing the exam, the learner will be issued a Food Handler’s Certificate document (or card).

The Learn2Serve.com ANSI Certified Food Handler course will discuss various food safety issues, regulations, and techniques to maintain a food-safe environment. It will help you to better understand how handling food correctly is not only the law, but it improves safety and reduces risks.

Credit Hours: 2 hrs
Cost: $7.00

Course Outline
At the conclusion of the ANSI Certified Food Handler Certificate program, you should be able to:

  • Identify biological, physical, and chemical contamination.
  • Identify foodborne illnesses, signs of food spoilage, types of food prep contamination, and proper temperature control methods.
  • Safely store and prepare meat, poultry, and vegetables.
  • Demonstrate effective food handling techniques that promote cleanliness and safety in food establishments.
  • Discuss the importance of proper personal hygiene in the workplace.
  • Implement appropriate procedures to receive and store food.
  • Summarize practices for properly cleaning and sanitizing food contact materials and surface.

Upon successful completion of the course and the exam, you will earn your food handler certificate of completion from your training page.

Food Safety Manager Course & ANSI-CFP Certification Exam

Food Manager Training Course
The Food Safety Manager Principles Course provides a foundational knowledge of the FDA Food Code and covers foodborne hazards and pathogens, cross contamination, proper preparation and temperature controls, proper hygiene, proper cleaning and sanitation methods, regulations, and the proper techniques to maintain a food-safe environment.

Audience: Experienced professionals in the food service industry, such as owner, manager, person-in-charge (PIC), chef, cook, or any employee.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Food Safety
  • Lesson 2: Biohazards, Foodborne Disease, and Food Spoilage
  • Lesson 3: Contaminants
  • Lesson 4: Food and Temperature Control
  • Lesson 5: Employee Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Lesson 6: Purchasing, Receiving, and Storing Food
  • Lesson 7: Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Lesson 8: Pest Control
  • Lesson 9: Facility Design
  • Lesson 10: HACCP System Basics
  • Lesson 11: FDA Guidelines for Developing a HACCP System
  • Lesson 12: Developing, Implementing, and Maintaining a HACCP Plan
  • Lesson 13: Seafood HACCP
  • Lesson 14: Consumer Steps to Safer Seafood

ANSI Certification Exam

To be certified as a food manager, the individual must pass an accredited food safety examination - administered by a certification provider.

The Learn2Serve Food Protection Manager Certification is approved by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP). With the exception of Connecticut, this accredited exam is accepted in all states/jurisdictions that have mandatory certification requirements for Food Management Professionals.
Reference: ANSI (American National Standards Institute)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your employer might ask you to take a ServSafe course to be food safety training qualified. This is simply a food safety training course brand name.

Our Learn2Serve food safety training courses are the same thing as ServSafe and our Certified Food Manager Exam is ANSI-CFP approved and approved for all states. ​

Accreditation Reference

American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP) Accreditation Program

Food Protection Manager Certification Program
Company: 360training.com, Inc.
Accreditation ID: 0975
Website: ANSI (American National Standards Institute)

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Food Safety Resources

Food Safety Glossary

  • Acid Food – A food that has a natural pH of 4.6 or below.
  • Adulterated – Something unneeded has been added to or has grown in the food to contaminate it.
  • Alkaline Food – A food that has a natural pH greater than 7.
  • Bacteria – Bacteria are found in all foods. Most are killed by high temperatures, but some form toxins which may or may not be killed by heat.
  • Biological Hazard – Exposure to food by disease-causing microorganisms or toxins that are found in some plants and fish.s that are
    found in some plants and fish.
  • Calibration – the process of standardizing a temperature monitoring instrument to ensure that it will measure within a specific temperature range in which the instrument is designed to operate.
  • Chemicals – Chemical food born illnesses are among the most deadly. Chemicals and other “natural” toxins formed in food include agents such as scombrotoxin and ciguatoxin. Store cleaning supplies in a different area away from stored food.
  • Ciguatera – Also known as cigua-toxin. Tropical reef fish that consume toxic algae and then consumed by predator fish. Cannot be destroyed by cooking.
  • Control (verb) – To take all necessary actions to ensure and maintain compliance with criteria established in the HACCP Plan.
  • Control (noun) – The state wherein correct procedures are being followed and criteria are being met.
  • Control Measures – Actions and activities that can be used to prevent or eliminate a food safety hazard or reduce it to an acceptable level.
  • Control Point: Any step at which biological, chemical, or physical factors can be controlled.
  • Convection Oven – An oven with fans that move the hot air around to give more even heat.
  • Corrective Actions – Actions to be taken when the results of monitoring at the CCP indicate a loss of control.
  • Critical Control Point (CCP) – A step at which control can be applied and is essential to prevent or eliminate a food safety hazard or reduce it to an acceptable level.
  • Critical Limit – A criterion which separates acceptability from unacceptability.
  • Cross-contamination – Cross-contamination is when bacteria spread between food, surfaces or equipment.
  • Danger Zone – Temperature of food between 41º F (7º C) and 140º F (60º C).
  • Detergent – A chemical used to remove grease, dirt and food, such as washing-up liquid.
  • Disinfectant – A chemical that kills bacteria. Check that surfaces are clean of grease, dirt and food before you use a disinfectant. Chemicals that kill bacteria are sometimes called germicides, bactericides or biocides.
  • Employee – Any person working in or for a food service establishment who engages in food preparation or service, who transports food or Food containers, or who comes in contact with any food utensils or equipment.
  • Equipment- All stoves, ranges, hoods, meat blocks, tables, counters, Refrigerators, freezers, sinks, dishwashing machines, steam tables and similar items, other than utensils, used in the operation of a food service establishments.
  • Fixed food establishment – A food service establishment which operates at a specific location and is connected to electric utilities, water, and a sewage disposal system.
  • Foodborne Illness: a condition caused by the consumption of a contaminated food or beverage. Foodborne illnesses are typically infections caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins. Different foodborne illnesses have different symptoms.
  • Food born infections – These occur when “enough” of the live bacterial cells that have reproduced in the food, small intestine, or both are consumed. The severity of the infection depends on the virulence of the bacteria, resistance of the victim, and the number of cells that survive digestion.
  • Food born intoxications – These result from a poison or toxin produced by reproductive bacterial cells in food or in the human body. Bacterial toxins have varying resistance to heat; some can even survive boiling. Other toxins can be a natural part of the food, for example, certain types of mushrooms.
  • Food born Illness Outbreak – The Centers for Disease Control define an outbreak of food born illness as illness that involves two or more persons who eat a common food, with the food confirmed as the source of the illness by a laboratory analysis. The only exception is that a single case of botulism qualifies as an outbreak.
  • Food contact surfaces -Surfaces of equipment and utensils with which normally comes in contact, and those surfaces from which food may drain, drip, or splash back onto surfaces normally in contact with Food.
  • Food poisoning – An illness that occurs when people eat food that has been contaminated with harmful germs (particularly bacteria and viruses) or toxins (poisonous substances).
  • Food Preparation – The manipulation of foods intended for human consumption by such means as washing, slicing, peeling, chipping, shucking, scooping and/or portioning.
  • Food Safety Management System (FSMS) – A food safety management system (FSMS) is a network of interrelated elements that combine to ensure that food does not cause adverse human health effects.
  • Food Service Establishment – Any facility, where food is prepared and intended for individual portion service, and includes the site at Which individual portions are provided.
  • HACCP – A system which identifies, evaluates, and controls hazards which are significant for food safety.
  • HACCP Plan – A document prepared in accordance with the principles of HACCP to ensure control of hazards which are significant for food safety in the segment of the food chain under consideration.
  • Hazard – A biological, chemical or physical agent or factor with the potential to cause an adverse health effect.
  • Hazard Analysis – The process of collecting and evaluating information on hazards and conditions leading to their presence to decide which are significant for food safety and therefore should be addressed in the HACCP plan.
  • Kitchenware – All multi-use utensils, other than tableware (such as pots, pans).
  • Limited Food Service Establishment – Any establishment with a food operation, so limited by the type and quantity of foods prepared and the equipment utilized, that poses a lesser degree of risk to the public’s health, and, for the purpose of fees, requires less time to monitor.
  • Monitor – The act of conducting a planned sequence of observations or measurements of control parameters to assess whether a CCP is under control.
  • Parasites – These tiny organisms can cause severe illness. Parasites need nutrients from their host to complete their life cycle. They are always associated with raw or undercooked meat and fish, including pork, bear meat and others.
  • Pathogen – Any disease producing agent, microorganism or germ.
  • Perishable Foods – Any food of such type or in such condition as may spoil; provided, that foods which are in hermetically sealed containers processed by heat or other means to prevent spoilage and properly packaged, dehydrated, dry or powered foods so low in moisture content as to retard development of microorganism are not considered readily perishable.
  • pH: pH is the measure of the hydrogen ion activity of a solution and is defined as the negative logarithm of the hydrogen ion concentration.
  • Potentially Hazardous Food – Any perishable food that is capable of supporting rapid and progressive growth of infectious or toxigenic microorganisms.
  • Salmonella – A group of bacteria that cause typhoid fever and a number of other illnesses, including food poisoning, gastroenteritis and enteric fever from contaminated food products.
  • Safe Temperatures – As applies to potentially hazardous foods, means Temperatures of 41 degrees F or below, or 140 degrees F or above.
  • Sanitize – Kill germs with chemicals or high heat.
  • Sanitizer – A two-in-one product that acts as a detergent and a disinfectant.
  • Single-Service Articles – Any cups, containers, closures, plates, straws, place mats, napkins, doilies, spoons, stirrers, paddles, knives, forks, wrapping materials, and all similar articles, which are constructed wholly or in part from paper or paper material, foil, wood, plastic, synthetic or other readily destructible materials, for one time and one person use and then discarded.
  • Spore: A differentiated, specialized form that can be used for dissemination, for survival of adverse conditions because of its heat and desiccation resistance, and/or for reproduction. Spores are usually unicellular and may develop into vegetative organisms or gametes. They may be produced asexually or sexually and are of many types.
  • Step – A point, procedure, operation or stage in the food chain including raw materials, from primary production to final consumption.
  • Sulfiting agent – A kind of salt used to help keep some foods, including meats, looking fresh.
  • Tableware – Multi-use eating and drinking items, including flatware, knives, forks, spoons, glasses, cups, etc.
  • Temperature – a critical measurement for ensuring the safety and quality of many food products.
  • Toxin: A microbial product or component that can injure anther cell or organism at low concentrations. Often the term refers to a poisonous protein, but toxins may be lipid or other substances.
  • Trichinosis – A disease caused by eating a parasite, a worm, found in pork that is raw or undercooked. It causes pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Utensil – Implements such as pots, pans, ladles or food containers used in the preparation, storage, transportation or serving of food.
  • Verification – The application of methods, procedures, and tests, in addition to those used in monitoring to determine compliance with the HACCP plan, and/or whether the HACCP plan needs modification.
  • Viruses – Viruses grow or reproduce only on living cells. They are often found in untreated water or sewage-contaminated water, and viruses from human feces on unwashed hands can infect others by passing the virus to food. Normal cooking may lower the risk of illness but may not destroy all viruses