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Featured Questions

need a company of my license for my new job

tiffanyburchett89 asked a question with topics Sanitation

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

If you have already paid the initial $35.00 fee to the Department for your Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC), then the fee for a duplicate is $10.00.

You can request an original or duplicate using this form: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/forms/fssmcprogramrequestform.pdf

I was needing to get a copy of my food sanitation license.

mm12781 asked a question with topics License

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You can find the FSSMC Request Form on our website:http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/forms/fssmcprogramrequestform.pdf

The fee is $35.00 for the IL FSSMC certificate.

Is there a place to look up the status of an employee's certificate?

knight9man asked a question with topics License, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

No, but you can email the Department at dph.fssmc@illinois.gov to check the status.

Where can I obtain the most recent Illinois food code?

nstewart asked a question with topics Sanitation

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

It can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health's website: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07700750sections.html

Do all food service handlers working in long term care facilities need to have a sanitation certificate?

Grammy1938 asked a question with topics Sanitation

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

Are you asking about food manager certification or food handler training?

Food manager certification is based on the risk category assigned by your local health department. A LTC facility should be a Category I, High Risk, so you would need a minimum of 1 employee with an Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC)on duty at all times when food is being prepared and served.

Food handler training is required beginning July 1, 2016 for anyone meeting the definition of a food handler that works in the area of the facility that the IL Food Code covers, so in the food preparation/service area. This would not include the nursing or therapy staff that assists patients with eating, etc.

I volunteer to grill outside twice a year for a local school to service the kids, their family's and faculity. I was wanting to check and see what sanitation practices I need to follow?

mogo asked a question with topics Food Safety

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

Since requirements can vary county by county in Illinois, you will need to contact your local health department for their requirements, since you will need to be licensed/inspected by them for your temporary event.

what are the requirements for our Lutheran school to prepare and serve food everyday. Our Church and School has a kitchen. We want to serve lunch daily to our school children

robertwdannowitz asked a question with topics Food Safety, License, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You must contact your local health department to be licensed and inspected to serve food in your county.

How can I find out if I have my FSSMC?

vertigo030 asked a question with topics Certificate

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You can email us at dph.fssmc@illinois.gov with your information and we will be happy to look in our database to see if you are there.

Does a violation go against the food service manager of the establishment, or just the establishment itself?

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

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

As the FSSMC, you are responsible for "operational supervision" of the food safety and sanitation activities at the food service establishment. The facility itself will receive the violations on the inspection report, but you are documented on the report as the FSSMC. Any FSSMC certificate may be revoked or suspended by the State or local health department if they feel this is justified. The FSSMC holder would be given the opportunity for a hearing prior to the suspension or revocation.

Permit/licencing question

jonesaa asked a question with topics Illinois, License, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

Since requirements vary by county, you will need to contact the Kane County Health Department for more information.