FOOD HANDLER CERTIFICATION RULES FOR TEXAS HAVE CHANGED!
RICHARDSON HEALTH DEPARTMENT NO LONGER PROVIDES FOOD HANDLER TRAINING
Food handler training must be earned through a course accredited by the DSHS (Texas Department of State Health Services) or ANSI. Training is available through private businesses and possibly through local community colleges. The Texas Department of State Health Services provided the following list to local Health Departments until they are able to get their website operational again.
LIST OF DSHS ACCREDITED FOOD TRAINING COURSES (FOOD HANDLER & FOOD MANAGER)
(this list was provided by DSHS, the City of Richardson does not maintain nor update this list and is not responsible for the contents therein)
The new law requires training for all food handlers as well as advanced training for managers and/or supervisors as follows:
- For wait staff, cooks, bus persons, Food Handler Certification from a source accredited by Texas DSHS or ANSI. Food handler certification is valid for two years. (Certificates must be kept at the food establishment for review by the local health inspector); AND
- For mangers and/or supervisors, Certified Food Protection Manager Certification from a source accredited by Texas DSHS or ANSI. Food manager certification is valid for five years. (Certificate(s) must be posted in a conspicuous location).
Texas Food Establishment Rules Document:
TFER Texas Food Establishment Rules (full pdf document, 200+ pages)