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Food Manager & Food Handler Information

Certified Food Manager (CFM)

Effective January 20, 2010, every Food Establishment must have at least one Certified Food Manager (CFM) at each location, who is responsible for supervising food preparation and service. Certification is obtained by passing a Texas  Department of State Health Services (DSHS) approved certified food manager examination.  The examination may be taken at any licensed Certification Training Program, Test Site, Online Exam or National Exam provider. Certification is valid for five years. Information can be found at Texas Department of State Health Services – Certified Food Manager (CFM) Program

All Certified Food Protection Managers must be registered with the City of Arlington.



NOTICE (4/7/16): Food Handler Information

The City of Arlington no longer issues or registers Food Handler’s Certificates in light of changes to Texas Health and Safety Code § 438.046, as amended by Senate Bill 582 (2015).  Information about accredited food handler training courses may be accessed through the Department of State Health Services website at Accredited Food Handler Classroom Training Programs or Accredited Food Handler Online Training Programs. The Texas Food Establishment Rules require: that all food service employees must successfully complete a food handler training course accredited by the American National Standards Institute or the Texas Department of State Health Services; and that food establishments must maintain on premises a certificate of completion of the food handler training course for each employee.  See 25 Tex. Admin. Code § 228.33.


Please contact the City of Arlington’s Community Development & Planning Department’s Health Services at 817-459-6502 for further information.