Q: Who is required to have a Food Handler Training Card in Texas?
All employees that work with un-packaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces such as kitchen staff, bussers, hostesses, servers, bartenders, bar-backs etc., will need to be food handler certified. The food handler requirement is for regular staff who are not the certified food manager (CFM). The CFM has training that is already above and beyond the food handler training and would not need to be food handler certified.
Q: What is the timeline for implementation?
The statewide food handler mandate is effective September 1, 2016, which means all current restaurant employees required to be certified must have their food handler permit by that date.
Employees in jurisdictions that currently require food handler certifications will be considered in compliance on that date as long as their permit is still valid. Individuals hired after September 1, 2016 have 60 days from date of hire to get their certificate.
Q: What type of training is offered for Restaurants?
As long as the food handler course is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and/or the Texas Department of State Health Services the certificate is valid anywhere in the state of Texas. Courses that are also accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), like First Principles for Food Handlers, are not subject to any additional fees required by local jurisdictions.
Q: How is the training administered?
Training can be online, computer, classroom, live trainers, remote trainers, and by certified food service sanitation managers. Regardless of your preferred training method, all candidates who pass the program will receive the same food handler training card.