Food Safety

Effective January 1, 2018, per PA 100-0194, the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) will be eliminated. IDPH will no longer issue FSSMC certifications, post course listings, or certify instructors/proctors on or after January 1, 2018. Please note, the Illinois Food Code still requires a valid IL FSSMC per 750.540 through the end of 2017.
Beginning January 1, 2018, an ANSI accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification obtained through a course and passing the exam are still required, but students will not need to apply for the additional Illinois FSSMC certificate. The City of Chicago will still maintain their certification.  For questions, please email
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Manufactured Food Program

This is a program designed to minimize the occurrence of foodborne illness and ensure that foods manufactured, processed, packaged or stored in Illinois are safe, wholesome, have been prepared in a sanitary manner under sanitary conditions, and are properly labeled.  Activities include inspection of food processing plants and food warehouses, embargo or recall of questionable food, complaint investigation, destruction of unwholesome food, technical consultation with establishment operators, food sampling and testing, and label evaluation.  An annual federal contract allows the division to conduct inspections and surveillance sampling as an agent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Retail Food Program

The purpose of this program is to provide local health departments with a wide range of support activities including consultation on interpretation of the State Retail Food Regulations and technical expertise in inspection techniques.  Division staff provides support in implementing these regulations when requested and reviews and comments upon local health department retail food ordinances.  Training programs for new local health department sanitarians are held on a routine basis and periodically the Division coordinates U.S. Food and Drug Administration training courses in Illinois.  Upon request, Division staff assists local health departments with foodborne illness investigations or other food-related emergencies.