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Licensing of Food Handler Training Programs

Senate Bill (SB) 582 of the 84th legislature (2015) amends the Health and Safety Code to establish that a food service worker trained in a food handler training course accredited by the American National Standards Institute is considered to have met a local health jurisdiction's training, testing, and permitting requirements and has reciprocity throughout the State of Texas. The bill also authorizes a local health jurisdiction to require a food establishment to maintain on the premises of the food establishment a certificate of completion of the training course for employees of the food establishment. Education of the food handlers provides more qualified employees, thereby reducing the risk of foodborne illness outbreaks caused by improper food preparation and handling techniques.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Food Handler 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.

Please email the Certified Food Manager Program if you would like additional information, or telephone (512) 834-6727.

The Texas Department of State Health Services provides the framework for accrediting food safety education and training programs for food handlers. A uniform standard governing the accreditation of food handler programs enhances the recognition of reciprocity among regulatory agencies and reduces the expense of duplicate education incurred when food handlers work in multiple regulatory jurisdictions.


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Contact Information

For General Program Inquiries

Email: Certified Food Manager Program
Phone: (512) 834-6727
Fax: (512) 834-6683

Mailing addresses may be found on the contact page.

Last updated March 24, 2016