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The New Mexico Environment Department’s Environmental Health Bureau has announced that the requirement for obtaining the Food Handler Card and Certified Manager Certification will be extended for one year. The effective date for complying with these requirements will be March 1, 2018. Check out New Mexico Environment for more information or call TCEDC at 575-758-8731 for more information.

Please browse the resources below to review the new policy changes or prepare for your Food Handler Card / Certified Food Protection Manager Certification.


Food Handler Card – (One year grace period-effective March 1, 2017)

All Food Employees (persons who handle food, utensils, and food contact surfaces) must have a food handler card by March 1, 2017.  There are several exemptions to this rule, please see the “Food Handler Card FAQ’s” below for details.

Certified Food Protection Manager – (One year grace period-effective March 1, 2017) 

At least one employee at each permitted food establishment that has supervisory and management responsibility and has authority to direct and control food preparation and service must be a Certified Food Protection Manager.

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The following forms will replace forms currently used by the NMED Food Program beginning March 1, 2016.