The National Restaurant Association and the Illinois Restaurant Association have joined together to educate foodservice operators throughout Illinois regarding updated changes to the states food safety laws. Through NRAs ServSafe program, the groups will offer solutions for restaurant operators navigating the recently passed Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act.
“The legislative landscape of food safety regulation is constantly evolving,” said Cathy McCullough, Vice President of Sales and Product Marketing for the National Restaurant Association. “As thousands of restaurant and foodservice managers across Illinois begin to navigate changes to the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act, our comprehensive ServSafe food safety program will provide the education and certification needed to comply with the law.”
In August of this year, Illinois passed the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act, which makes changes to existing training and certification requirements for food safety managers and creates food handler training requirements state-wide.
Under the law’s new provisions, the Illinois Department of Health will no longer offer the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification Exam. Only Conference for Food Protection (CFP) approved exams will be allowed. Additionally, effective July 1, 2014, a food service sanitation manager certification or recertification must be accomplished by completing an approved eight hour training course inclusive of a CFP Exam, replacing the previously required sixteen hour course.
NRA’s ServSafe program, a recognized training and certification program under Illinois state law, will provide online and on-site training and exam options for foodservice managers. The program is designed to provide flexibility and convenience for students.
More than 5 million foodservice professionals have been certified through the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Examination, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute-Conference for Food Protection.
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Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 17-20, 2014, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options.
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