Mississippi Food Manager Certification

How do I become a Certified Food Protection Manager in Mississippi? 

Looking for food manager certification in Mississippi? You need to complete a food safety manager training course and pass an ANSI-accredited exam. You can easily meet Mississippi's requirements with Learn2Serve by 360training. Our course and Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) exam are ANSI-accredited. Begin today!  


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What are the Mississippi food safety regulations? 

Mississippi has adopted the 2017 FDA Food Code with a few alterations, which means that food establishments in Mississippi must have at least one owner or supervisory employee become a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) by passing an exam through an ANSI-accredited program like Learn2Serve by 360training. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health may choose to exempt some food service establishments if they find them to pose a minimal risk of foodborne illness. 

We always recommend checking with your local health department for any additional certification and training requirements. 

How long is the food manager certification good for? 

ANSI's CFPM certification is generally valid for five years. 

Can you take the Mississippi food manager exam online? 

Yes, your exam will be administered through our online proctor service. The Learn2Serve Food Protection Manager Certification Exam is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP).

Learn more about the policies and procedures required to successfully complete our online proctored exam.

Who should get their food manager certification? 

Mississippi doesn’t have specific requirements for which a person needs certification. But this typically translates to owners, managers, and/or executive chefs. 

Legally, only one CFPM is mandatory, but many restaurants, cafeterias, and other foodservice establishments require certification as a condition of employment for head chefs and managers. 

What does a food manager do and how can they improve food safety? 

Food managers control many different areas of a business, ranging from customer service to operations to human resources and team management. 

But food safety is a big one. Maintaining food safety involves every part of the business and includes: 

  • Understanding local food safety regulations and keeping their business in compliance with the law 
  • Maintain food safety policies, procedures, and protocols  
  • Training all employees in safe receiving, storing, preparing, heating, cooling, holding, and otherwise practicing food safety  
  • Monitoring the way food safety protocols are executed and correct errors 
  • Ensuring food safety data is accurately recorded 
  • Confirming that all food vendors and deliveries meet food safety standards  
  • And more 

Due to the liability of the job, food managers earn a significantly higher salary than servers and other food employees. According to wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here is the average amount of money you can expect to make in senior management positions in the Mississippi foodservice industry:  

Job Title  Average Hourly Wage  Average Yearly Wage 
Food Service Manager  $23.35  $48,570 
Chef  $23.24  $48,330 

Mississippi-approved food safety manager certification is an important qualification for getting one of these jobs. 

Why are food managers in Mississippi required to get ANSI certification?  

Foodborne illness is a real risk in every state, including Mississippi. According to data from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, over a 10-year period (2003-2012), there were a total of 20 foodborne illness outbreaks. And the two most common pathogen found were Salmonella and Norovirus—both preventable with the right food safety protocols in place. 

Given a manager's extensive food safety responsibilities, they're perfectly positioned to protect customers and employees from foodborne illness. To ensure they're qualified to do this, they need to demonstrate their knowledge by earning ANSI Certified Food Protection Manager certification. 

These programs meet the highest standards in food safety, evidenced by the fact that the ANSI CFPM program has earned the endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

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