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Featured Questions

what is my FSSMC ID number?

znevells25 asked a question with topics Sanitation, License,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

As long as your name and social security number are both on the request form, we do not need your FSSMC ID#. If you have questions about your certificate, you can email the Department at dph.fssmc@illinois.gov

How to get in a class for FSSMC

veggieking80 asked a question with topics Food Safety, Illinois, Sanitation, License, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

The IDPH website has been updated and that changed the link to the course listing, sorry about that. You can find a list of approved Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) courses in your area on our website: http://public.dph.illinois.gov/fssmccourses

I passed my FSSMC but failed to go get my certificate how do I go about geeting it?

deekon05 asked a question with topics Certificate

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You can use the FSSMC Request Form found here: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/fdd/FSSMCrequestform0704.pdf to submit the $35.00 new certificate fee to get your Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC).

What site can an employer go to to verify an employee's food sanitation certification in Illinois?

lindadeboo asked a question with topics Illinois, Sanitation,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You are not currently able to access that information yourself online to verify an Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC), but you can email us at dph.fssmc@illinois.gov and we would be happy to verify the information.

Does IDPH have specific questions for Food Trucks?

andy asked a question with topics Food Safety, Sanitation, License, Food Trucks,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

The Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code references mobile units in section 750.1500: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/077007500H15000R.html

You will need to contact your local health department for specific requirements: http://www.idph.state.il.us/local/alpha.htm

I have my Il Department of Health License, which expires 02/19/2015 in Food Service And Sanitation, I want to renew it, but I no Longer Live in Illinois, What Do I Do?

rhonda.p.monroe.7 asked a question with topics Food Safety, Sanitation, License,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

The Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act was amended in August 2013, which changed the process to renew the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC). As of July 1, 2014, everyone must take an approved 8 hour course inclusive of the exam, with an Illinois approved instructor and pass that exam with a 75% or higher. So, you will not actually renew your current certificate and you will be assigned a new IL FSSMC ID# upon completion of the new course. The course can also be taken online, as long as you work through an Illinois approved instructor who will validate the training hours and proctor your exam or assist you with finding a proctor and then submit your exam documentation to the Department for processing. Once we process your exam paperwork from that instructor, you will receive an application to pay the $35 new certificate fee and once payment is received, you should receive your IL FSSMC in the mail within 2-3 weeks.

You can find approved courses taught in person here on our website: http://public.dph.illinois.gov/fssmccourses

If you take an online FSSMC course, you must still work through an IL approved instructor or you will not be eligible for an IL FSSMC certificate. You should contact the IL approved instructor for information prior to starting the course, to make sure you understand the process.

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Please contact dph.fssmc@illinois.gov with any questions.

What is the course and where i can take it to become an Instructor for food safety manager certification?

dilippprodigynet asked a question with topics Illinois, Food Safety, Sanitation Instructor, Instructor,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Illinois approved instructor. The process to become an instructor in Illinois is currently changing pending proposed rules. For more information about becoming an IL approved instructor, please contact us at dph.fssmc@illinois.gov

Can you please help clarify a few question regarding the new law, IL approved Servsafe instructor

betsy.kaesontae asked a question with topics Servsafe

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

The requirement to have an employee with an Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) (750.540) has not changed and is determined by the risk category assigned to that facility by the local health department. If the FSSMC course is taken in Illinois, it must be with an Illinois approved instructor in order to be eligible for an IL FSSMC. The IL approved instructors will proctor one of the four nationally accredited food manager exams, such as ServSafe, and the instructor will then send the student's exam information to the Department for processing. The student must pass with a 75% or higher and pay the $35 new certificate fee to the Department in order to receive an IL FSSMC. You can find IL approved courses taught by IL approved instructors here: http://public.dph.illinois.gov/fssmccourses

In Illinois, a ServSafe certificate alone does not meet the requirements of the Illinois Food Code and would therefore be in violation, which is currently a critical violation and the local health department would determine how long the facility has to come into compliance.

The process to become an Illinois approved instructor will be changing pending proposed rules. For more information about becoming an instructor, please email dph.fssmc@illinois.gov

If I have a certified Illinois kitchen and I want to wholesale my product, do I need another inspection and if so, which agency does that?

kholliday asked a question with topics Food Safety, Illinois, License, Inspection, Kitchen,

Elizabeth.Watkins, Manufactured Foods Program Manager,...

In order to answer these questions, I need more information. What is the product you want to sell wholesale? Does the product contain meat? Is the product considered to be dairy?

Local Health Departments have jurisdiction over retail establishments. Non-meat, manufactured foods sold wholesale, are inspected by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Meat products are under the jurisdiction of the IL Department of Agriculture or the USDA.

Does a private school need any kind of food handling certificate to serve lunches which have been catered in from local restaurants?

l.montgomery asked a question with topics Sanitation, School, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You would need to contact the local health department in your county to find out their requirements. You can find a directory of local health departments in Illinois on our website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/local/alpha.htm

What do I do about a lost sanitation certificate?

mike.kovac.3762 asked a question with topics Illinois, Sanitation, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You can request a duplicate of your Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) for $10.00 using the FSSMC request form found on our website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/fdd/FSSMCrequestform0704.pdf

Free Sale Certificate

CanyCompany asked a question with topics Food Safety, License,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

The Illinois Department of Public Health issues Certificates of Free Sale for Illinois food and dairy firms that are inspected by the Department. (77 Ill. Adm. Code 720.20)

In the definition of Certificate of Free Sale it states that the Certificate of Free Sale may be issued as an equivalent to a Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practices, a Certificate of Origin, or a Certificate of Sanitation. (77 Ill. Adm. Code 720.20)

Health Certificates are no longer provided by this Department.
Export Documents of many titles are available from many agencies including the United States Food and Drug Administration, (USFDA) the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and the state’s Office of Trade and Investments (OTI). The requirements of each of these agencies are best received from them to receive the most current information.

Food and safety sanitation

billyroberts asked a question with topics License, Sanitation,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You can request a duplicate of your valid Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) for a $10.00 fee using this form: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/fdd/FSSMCrequestform0704.pdf