History of Course Changes - Food Manager


Responsible Training has been teaching Food Handler courses since 2004. In 2011, we achieved an ANSI accreditation for our Food Safety Training program. We periodically update our course to comply with federal and state food code changes as well as to improve quality.

In September 2017, the ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program Accreditation Committee (CAPAC) granted a scope extension for our food safety program to include our Food Manager Training Course. It was accredited under ANSI/ASTM E2659-09.

In Februrary 2019, we updated the course to align it with 2017 FDA Food Code rule changes. We also reviewed the course and made updates to the sections regarding food controls, HACCP Plans and Physical Equipment and Facilities. This included an update to the minimum internal cooking temperature requirements and employee reporting requirements.

In 2022, Responsible Training derived new test questions from the course content, test-piloted them with a group of food handlers, reviewed them with our Advisory board that represents food handlers, food managers, food vendors, food safety trainers, and health department officials.  We set the passing rate for them with the advice of Subject Matter Experts consisting of a food handler, restaurant manager, university professor, and bar tender.  The new tests were released in January of 2023.

In 2022, the Food Manager course was updated to improve readability and understanding.  A food science expert closely read the course material and identified areas where more information would provide clarity as well as correcting grammar errors.  The updated course was released in January of 2023.


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