Last month, Texas Senate Bill SB-582 was passed into law and made effective immediately. This law mandates that all health departments in the state of Texas must recognize any ANSI-accredited Food Handler Training.
In October of 2015, Texas Food Establishment Rule (TFER) 228 was signed into effect, replacing TFER 229. Among many other things this rule change mandates that “all food employees, except for the certified food manager, shall successfully complete an accredited food handler training course, within 60 days of employment.”
So what do these changes mean?
Essentially, in counties and cities where food handler training was already required, a food handler certificate from any ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited food handler course is now accepted, with no additional fees or trips to the health department required. In areas where there were previously no training requirements, all foodservice workers have until September 1, 2016 to complete their training.
When the commission responsible for the drafting of the rule was asked the purpose of making this training mandatory throughout the state, the commission responded by saying, “The purpose of these rules is to update public health regulations so that food businesses can continue to provide food that is safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented.”
In addition to changes to the food handler training requirements, the new rule is bringing the state of Texas up to date with nationally established food safety practices, using the most recent FDA food code as the basis of the new TFER.
So what should you do now?
We understand that with these new regulations, businesses and local health departments now have an enormous responsibility added to their plate, but we are here to help. Use one of the following ways to share StateFoodSafety.com’s training with your employees:
Download, print, and hang this flyer, which includes a coupon code, in your facility to help your employees receive the required ANSI-accredited Food Handler Training. The coupon code gives foodservice employees a 20% discount for their food handler training. (The discount works for individual and group purchases.)
Need more information?
Read a full account of TFER 25 TAC 228 here (see 228.33 (e)(d) on page 28 for further explanation on changes discussed in this article) and the law regarding ANSI accreditation, SB-582, here.
Preview our Food Handler Training course here.