Texas Food Handler Safety Training
Texas Food Handler Training Requirements
Texas requires food handler training for all individuals working in Texas food service establishments - (i.e., restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis, mobile vendors, food trucks, bars, kiosks, convenience stores, and other food service employees).
As of September 1, 2016 and as part of the Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER), all food handler service individuals working in Texas facilities who are involved in preparing, storing, or handling food must now successfully complete an accredited food handler training course. Employees have have 60 days from date of hire to get their certificate.
Examples of Texas food service employees required to obtain a Food Handler Certificate include: chefs, cooks, mobile food vendors, bartenders, host/hostesses that handle food, caterers, supervisors and food managers.
The Food Handler's Cards Training Program is easy to use and takes about 2 hours to complete. All content materials and exams are available in both English and Spanish.
Our Food Handler Training Course is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and is valid throughout the entire State of Texas.
Texas Approved Food Handler Online Provider (Learn2Serve.com - 360Training.com)
Texas Food Manager Certification
Texas requires that a person-in-charge (PIC), owner, or employee of a food service establishment - (i.e., bars, restaurants, mobile vendors, food trucks, caterers, assisted-living, and day care centers) be a Certified Food Manager (CFM).
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Texas Food Safety Training Regulations
- Texas Food Establishments Rules (TFER) - Chapter 228
- 2015 Summary of Changes to Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) - Chapter 228
- Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - Texas Statutes and Laws - Retail Food Establishments
- Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - Regulatory Clarifications, Guidance Documents and General Publications - Retail Food Establishments
- Texas Department of State Health Services (DHSH) - Permitting Information – Retail Food Establishments
- 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
- Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 437 – Regulation Of Food Service Establishments, Retail Food Stores, Mobile Food Units, And Roadside Food Vendors
On October 11, 2015 the new Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) went into effect. Some of the new significant changes in the TFER include:
- A new statewide mandate that all food employees successfully complete a food handler training course within 60 days of employment. This food handler requirement began on Sept. 1, 2016.
- Added requirements for the “original” certified food protection manager certificate being posted conspicuous to the customer’s location.
- Added requirement for food handler certificates to be located on site.
Texas Food Safety Contact Info
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Food Establishments Division
1100 W 49th St
Austin, TX 78756
Phone: (512) 776-7111
Texas Food Handler Training Course
The Texas Food Handler training course is an introduction to the various food safety issues, regulations, and techniques needed to maintain a food-safe environment and is intended for entry-level professionals in the food service industry, such as cooks, mobile food vendors, servers, cashiers, and even c-store clerks.
This course is accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services - DSHS (Learn2Serve - TXDSHS 9) and by the American National Standards Institute - ANSI (Provider #0975).
At the conclusion of the course, the learner will be tested on their knowledge of the learning objectives and content. Upon successfully passing the exam, the learner will be issued a Food Handler’s Certificate.
Credit Hours: 2 hrs
- 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.
Final Exam - Certificate
Students will be issued a certificate upon completion of the course and successfully passing the final exam with a minimum score of 75%. Individuals who do not pass the exam on the first attempt will be allowed one additional attempt to review the course content and pass the final exam. The food handler certificate is valid for 2 years.
Note: As of June 2015, Senate Bill 582 also dictated that local jurisdictions can no longer collect fees for ANSI accredited Food Handler Training programs. It also states that such a course meets the requirements for all local jurisdictions and they no longer need to be registered with the local authority. This saves you time and money! The above course is ANSI Accredited as meeting the ASTM E2659-09 standard - Approved Provider #0975.
Texas Food Safety Local Requirements
- Duration: 2 Hours
- Valid for 2 years
- Texas Department of State Health Services Approved
- ANSI Accredited Provider #0975
- Take course anywhere and anytime
- Certificate upon completion
- Available en Español
- 24×7 Support: (877) 881-2235 - Online
Texas Food Handler Training
Curso de capacitación para manipuladores de alimentos de Texas
Texas Food Handler + TABC Certification
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