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Food Safety

Effective August 19, 2018, PA100-0954  amends the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act to allow the use of an existing Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) issued by the Department that is still valid to meet the requirement of the Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification required by the Illinois Food Code.

So, what does this mean?

  • If you already have a valid Illinois FSSMC, you can use it to meet the requirement of the CFPM.
  • If you have a valid ANSI accredited CFPM certification (ServSafe, NRFSP, 360training, Prometric, StateFoodSafety), you can use it to meet the requirement of the CFPM.
  • If you have an IL FSSMC and it will soon expire, you will need to take a course and ANSI accredited CFPM exam (ServSafe, NRFSP, 360training, Prometric, StateFoodSafety).
  • You do not need to apply for an IL FSSMC, as the certificate itself was eliminated January 1, 2018.
  • Duplicates of the IL FSSMC will not be issued and new applications will not be processed.
  • If you lost your IL FSSMC or it is no longer valid and have never taken the CFPM exam (ServSafe, NRFSP, 360training, Prometric, StateFoodSafety), then you will need a 7 hour food manager course with ANSI accredited CFPM exam. You can find instructors via an online search engine or by contacting your local health department.
  • If you took a course/exam later in 2014 or after, it is likely that you have a CFPM certification. If you need a copy of that national certificate, you will need to contact the exam company directly for a duplicate:

Questions: email dph.fssmc@illinois.go

Effective January 1, 2018, per PA 100-0194, the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) will be eliminated. IDPH will no longer issue FSSMC certifications, post course listings, or certify instructors/proctors on or after January 1, 2018. Please note, the Illinois Food Code still requires a valid IL FSSMC per 750.540 through the end of 2017.

Beginning January 1, 2018, an ANSI accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification obtained through a course and passing the exam are still required, but students will not need to apply for the additional Illinois FSSMC certificate. The City of Chicago will still maintain their certification.  For questions, please email

Click here for the full text of the amendment.

Manufactured Food Program

This is a program designed to minimize the occurrence of foodborne illness and ensure that foods manufactured, processed, packaged or stored in Illinois are safe, wholesome, have been prepared in a sanitary manner under sanitary conditions, and are properly labeled.  Activities include inspection of food processing plants and food warehouses, embargo or recall of questionable food, complaint investigation, destruction of unwholesome food, technical consultation with establishment operators, food sampling and testing, and label evaluation.  An annual federal contract allows the division to conduct inspections and surveillance sampling as an agent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Retail Food Program

The purpose of this program is to provide local health departments with a wide range of support activities including consultation on interpretation of the State Retail Food Regulations and technical expertise in inspection techniques.  Division staff provides support in implementing these regulations when requested and reviews and comments upon local health department retail food ordinances.  Training programs for new local health department sanitarians are held on a routine basis and periodically the Division coordinates U.S. Food and Drug Administration training courses in Illinois.  Upon request, Division staff assists local health departments with foodborne illness investigations or other food-related emergencies.


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