The Cape Girardeau County Food Code, adopted November 20, 2008 requires that all managers and food handlers employed in food establishments located in Cape Girardeau County be trained in food safety. This requirement became mandatory on January 15, 2012.

   

Food Handler Requirement

The following people must complete Food Handler Training:

  • Shift leaders
  • Cooks
  • Food prep personnel
  • Anyone who has direct contact with food

Servers, Bartenders, Dishwashers, and Cleaning Crews are exempt and do not require Food Handler Training unless any of these positions require the handling of food, excluding drinks (e.g. a server who prepares food is not exempt from training requirement).

   

Required training can be met by attending the Basic Food Sanitation Class, an in-person, two hour program offered at the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, or an online course via StateFoodSafety. After completion of the test, a Basic Food Sanitation Card or Food Handlers Card will be issued.

    

Manager Requirement

The following people must complete Manager Training:

  • Managers
  • Assistant Managers
  • Owner(s) involved in day to day operations of facility
  • At least one person from absentee ownership (must own at least 5% of shares  

There are two options to meet the Manager Training requirement through the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center. A Food Protection Manager Certification is obtained through an online course from StateFoodSafety, and a ServSafe Certification offers both in-person (at Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center) and online courses (from ServSafe). All certification exams are ANSI-accredited and meet the requirements set forth in the Cape Girardeau County Food Ordinance. There are other options for certification independent of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center that also comply with the Cape Girardeau County Food Ordinance - if you have any questions about them, please contact us.

   

Due to COVID 19, all in-person food safety courses at Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center are suspended until further notice. Please revisit this page to find classes when they are available.