New York State Food Safety Course
Important: We do not offer Food Manager Training for food service professionals in New York City. If you work in New York City, please refer to this page, or contact the health department for more information.
Every retail food store that applies for a food processing establishment license (with certain exceptions for small establishments) shall furnish evidence that an individual from within the store has been recognized as having completed an approved food safety course.
The license application must be accompanied by documentation which demonstrates that this food safety course requirement has been met. In most cases this documentation will be a certificate indicating an individual in a position of management or control has attended an approved course.
Approved Certification Exams
|ServSafe, Prometric, NRFSP and 360 Training|
Food Safety Training Requirement
|At least 8 hours and the food safety course must be from a program approved by the Department of Agriculture.|
|Some localities have their own requirements. Please contact your local authority for more information.|
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Which establishments are exempt?
This requirement does not apply to a food store that has as its only full time employees the owner or the parent, spouse or child of the owner, or in addition not more than two full time employees. It would also not apply to a food store that has annual gross sales in the previous calendar year of less than $3,000,000, unless the food store is part of a network of subsidiaries, affiliates or other member stores, under direct or indirect control, which, as a group, had annual gross sales of the previous calendar year of $3,000,000 or more.
What areas of knowledge must be covered in the Food Protection course?
- a) The relationship between the prevention of foodborne disease and the personal hygiene of food employees;
- b) The responsibility of the person-in-charge, or his or her designee for preventing the transmission of foodborne disease by a food employee who has a disease or medical condition that may cause foodborne disease;
- c) The symptoms associated with the diseases that are transmissible through food;
- d) The significance of the relationship between maintaining the time and temperature of potentially hazardous food and the prevention of foodborne illness;
- e) The hazards involved in the consumption of raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs and fish;
- f) The required food temperatures and times for safe cooking of potentially hazardous food including meat, poultry, eggs and fish;
- g) The required temperatures and times for the safe refrigerated storage, hot holding, cooling, and reheating of potentially hazardous food;
- h) The relationship between the prevention of foodborne illness and the management and control of the following:
- Cross contamination
- Hand contact with ready-to-eat foods,
- Maintaining the food establishment in a clean condition and in good repair;
- (i) The relationship between food safety and equipment that is:
- (1) Sufficient in number and capacity, and
- (2) Properly designed, constructed, located, installed, operated, maintained, and cleaned;
- Food employee,
- Person-in-charge, and
- the Department.