The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495, passed into law on August 27, 2013, changes the existing training and certification requirements for food safety managers, as well as establishes food handler training requirements.
As a provision of the law, the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) will no longer offer the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) Examination after December 31, 2013. After that date, only Conference for Food Protection approved examinations, such as the Certified Food Safety Manager Examination from National Registry, will be allowed.
Effective July 1, 2014, two more provisions go into effect; the training hour requirement is reduced from 16 hours to 8 hours inclusive of the examination, and the recertification of a food service sanitation manager must be accomplished by completing an 8 hour training course, inclusive of the examination, and passing an ANSI- CFP accredited examination.
For employees that are not certified food service sanitation managers (FSSMC) a food handler card is required. Food handler card training is now available through the Will County Health Department. There is a ten student minimum and the fee is $9.95 per student. For 36 students or more the fee is $7.95 per student. For questions or to schedule a training session for your employees contact our office at 815-727-8490. See the information below regarding the Food Handler Training in Illinois: