There are not any Mississippi food handlers card requirements for common restaurant employees according to current Mississippi food safety regulations.
What the state of Mississippi does require though, is that at least one person in an establishment receives a Food Manager’s Certificate, also known as a Certified Food Protection Managers (CFPM) card.
Note: Searching online for Mississippi food handlers cards will lead to multiple sites claiming that you must have one, and that they have the test for you to take. Most of these websites are incorrect. And are trying to get you to pay for something that you do NOT necessarily need.
Some US states require everyone in the food facility to receive a food handlers permit. But Mississippi’s food safety laws are pretty lenient in comparison to the rest of the country.
The state of Mississippi believes that if one person in a restaurant certifies as a Food Manager then they will be able to pass their knowledge of food safety on to the other employees in the restaurant.
So although you may not be required to receive a Mississippi food handlers card or a food manager’s certificate… There are a few reasons why you still may want to be certified.
What is the Mississippi Food Handlers Permit?
The Mississippi food handlers permit, also known as the Mississippi food handlers card and/or license, is a certificate proving to employers and public health inspectors alike that you are qualified to handle unpackaged food products served to the general public.
👌 IMPORTANT: Although the state doesn’t require the Mississippi food handlers permit, some restaurant mangers and owners may still make it mandatory in order to receive employment.
Mississippi Food Managers Certification
Mississippi requires licensed retail food facilities to have at least one certified food manager on staff. The Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) card covers this requirement.
The Mississippi Certified Food Manager is the person in charge when present and they must be accessible by phone, text, and email when not physically present during operation.
In order to receive a food managers certificate or CFPM card, one must take a state-approved food safety course for managers… and successfully pass their test.
Mississippi currently recognizes and accepts certifications from ONLY the following National ANSI Certified Food Manager programs:
- 360Training.com, Inc.
- National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
- National Restaurant Association
- Prometrics Inc.
Keep in mind, local county health departments are the regulatory bodies that oversees all food safety laws. Each county’s regulations may vary or evolve over the years.
Thus, it’s important to ALWAYS double check with your local health department on Mississippi food handling requirements, in addition to other retail food establishment specifics. Start here for more information.
Other Requirements That May Be Helpful:
- Good Communication Skills
- Being able to stand long periods of time
- Knowledge of basic food safety