Are there any food handler and manager certifications that are recommended?

The Department of Environmental Health strongly encourages all businesses to require food handler certifications for employees to improve overall compliance and better protect public health. The department is in the process of developing an ordinance that requires certification.

The Department of Environmental Health accepts all ANSI/CFP-approved Food Protection Manager Certifications as required in Arizona Food Code (2-102.11) and recommends Food Handler Certifications in accordance with Arizona State Law (HB 2436). See more information on accredited programs at the following links.

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