Environmental Services

Posted on: April 14, 2017

Maricopa County announces changes in Certified Food Manager Requirements

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Maricopa County is discontinuing the County issued cards and associated fees for the Certified Food Protection Manager (CFM).
Each food establishment is still required to have at least one (1) Certified Food Protection Manager on staff.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved the discontinuation of County issued cards and associated fees for the Certified Food Protection Manager (CFM). Although the County will no longer provide the CFM cards, Maricopa County Environmental Services Department (MCESD) requires all food establishments handling open foods where time/temperature control for food safety is part of the operation, to have at least one CFM.

The Certified Food Protection Manager training and exams are offered by ANSI-CFP Accredited Organizations. Maricopa County does not provide CFM testing, instruction or certificate.

Each food establishment shall have at least one (1) Certified Food Protection Manager on staff, who is either physically present or available by electronic or telephonic means whenever the food establishment is in operation. Every food establishment shall maintain on its premises a separate file containing a copy of the Certified Food Protection Manager certificate(s) for each food service manager. This file shall be accessible to the Environmental Health Officer for review upon request.

Following the Maricopa County's Enhanced Regulatory Outreach Program (EROP) process, MCESD provided multiple opportunities for stakeholder and public input on the proposed revisions for the CFM program. Suggestions were presented to and voted upon by the Board of Health with final approval granted today by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The regulatory change that goes into effect immediately does not require any fee changes.

For more information, call (602) 506-6616 or visit ESD.maricopa.gov.

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