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Food Sanitation Program

Promotes food safety and protects foodborne illness by performing food service inspections which follows Illinois State Regulations and Ford County Food Service Ordinance. 

Click HERE to view our Food Sanitiation Program forms.

FoodSafety.gov is the gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.

Ford County Public Health Department issues the following Food Permits: 

 1) Temporary Food Establishements in Ford County               

A Temporary Food Permit is required to sell or serve food at a fixed Ford County location for a temporary period. This permit requirement applies to selling or serving food from vending booths, stands, kiosks, vehicles or carts at special events.  Special events include events held on public or private property.  Examples of special events include street fairs, flea markets, carnivals, circuses, public exhibitions, business promotions, or transitory gatherings. FCPHD offers 2 Temporary Food Establishments Permits:                                                                                      

One (1) Day = Profit: $50.00 / Non-Profit: Waived fee                  

Two (2) Days up to Fourteen (14) Days (Consecutive) = Profit: $75.00 / Non-Profit: Waived fee                                                                                             

 2) Seasonal Food Establishments              

A Seasonal Food Permit is required of a food service establishment that operates 15 days to 6 months out of the       year.  This permit reqiurement applies to: Ice Cream Stands, Concession Stands, Mobile Food Units, etc.                  

Fifteen (15) Days up to Six (6) Months = Profit: $125.00 / Non-Profit: Waived fee                                                                                                      

3) New/Current Food Establishments                                                                                                                                                       

A New or Current Food Establishment functions greater than 6 months out of the year and is required to complete a Food Establishment Permit Application annually and pay required fee based on establishment Risk Level.      

New Food Establishments must complete and submit a Plan Submittal in addition to a

Food EstablishmentPermit Application and pay appropriate Start up/Risk Level fee.                                                  

Current Food Establishments must complete and submit a Food Establishment Permit Application and pay appropriate Risk Level fee by December 31 of each year.

Class 1A High Risk (1 department) $400

  • Cooling of potentially hazardous food (PHF).
  • Preparing and holding food for more than 12 hours before serving.
  • Extensive handling of raw ingredients and hand contact with ready-to-eat food.
  • Reheating previously cooked and cooled PHF.
  • Preparing food for off-site service.
  • Vacuum packaging.
  • Serving of immunocompromised individuals (majority).

Class 1B High Risk (2 or more department - generally grocery stores) $400 + $200 each additional department 

  • Cooling of potentially hazardous food (PHF).
  • Preparing and holding food for more than 12 hours before serving.
  • Extensive handling of raw ingredients and hand contact with ready-to-eat food.
  • Reheating previously cooked and cooled PHF.
  • Preparing food for off-site service.
  • Vacuum packaging.
  • Serving of immunocompromised individuals (majority).

Class 2 Medium Risk $300

  • Preparing food for service from raw ingredients using minimal assembly.
  • Hot or cold is restricted to same-day service.
  • Food requiring complex preparation is obtained from approved processing establishment.

Class 3 Low Risk $200

  • Only prepackaged food is served.
  • PHF is commercially prepackaged.
  • Limited preparation of non-PHF and beverages.
  • Only beverages are served.

Tax Supported Organization – Fee Waiver

Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC)

To become certified in food service sanitation in Illinois, take the following steps:

Step 1: Take a FSSMC course and pass an exam.

The organizations listed below offer certification courses in the Champaign area. Please make sure that the class you take is at least eight hours long, is taught by an IDPH-approved instructor, and includes an exam accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Conference for Health Protection (CFP). Courses are offered by classroom or online. Some offer training options in Spanish or other languages. Contact them for locations, pricing and other details.

A+/S'VilleCo Food Training - Sue Summerville Phone: (217) 684-2435
Corporate Training Center, Ltd. Toll Free: (800) 705-8204
Hammes Associates Phone: (217) 903-4306
Illini Training (online only) Phone: (217) 398-0103
Learn 2 Serve (online only) Toll Free: (888) 360-8764
National Restaurant Association Toll Free: (866) 901-7778
Parkland College BDC, Champaign Phone: (217) 351-2235
Safe Food Handlers Corp. Toll Free: (888) 793-5136

Step 2: Receive a national certificate.

After you have taken a FSSMC course and successfully passed an exam, you will receive a national certificate (ServSafe, etc.). Don't forget to also apply for an Illinois FSSMC.

Step 3: Apply for a State of Illinois FSSMC.

After taking a class, passing an exam, and receiving a national certificate, you must apply for a State of Illinois FSSMC. You must apply online only. You must have a national certificate, a personal e-mail address, and a debit/credit card, prepaid credit card, or checking account to proceed. The Illinois FSSMC is valid for five years.

Please see the instructions about applying for an Illinois FSSMC.

Questions about the Illinois FSSMC process should be directed to the Illinois Department of Public Health. dph.fssmc@illinois.gov

Note: The Ford County Public Health Department does not offer classes or issue certificates.

Step 4: Make sure you have your Illinois FSSMC available to show during an inspection.

Renewal of FSSMC

If you are already certified (FSSMC) and your current certificate is about to expire, you must renew your certificate by taking an eight-hour training course and exam. See the section above for information about organizations that offer FSSMC courses.

Request Form - Lost Your Certificate? Change of Address?

If you have misplaced your current certificate (FSSMC only) and need a replacement copy, or if you'd like to report a change of address, please e-mail the Illinois Department of Public Health with your request. dph.fssmc@illinois.gov

Food Handler Certificate (FHC)

All food handlers in food establishments are required to obtain a Food Handler Certificate (FHC). (Note: If you have already obtained a FSSMC, a FHC is not required). A food handler is defined as an "individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces." To obtain a FHC, you must take an ANSI/CFP accredited training course and pass an ANSI/CFP exam with a score of 75% or higher. Most FHC classes are available at $15 or less and the training and exam can usually be completed within 90 minutes. Food Handler Certificates are valid for three years. The certificates are issued by the agency that teaches your class. Some of the organizations listed in the FSSMC section may also teach the FHC course; contact them for information. You can also see the IDPH FHC website link below for other options.

Questions? Please see the FAQs below.

ANSI-Accredited Food Handler Training Courses (IDPH)
Food Handler Training FAQs (IDPH) (PDF)

 

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