Maryland Food Safety Manager Requirements
Having a Food Safety Manager on duty is important and often required to be Health Department Compliant. In the State of Maryland it is required that a certified food safety manager (FSM) be on duty in the following jurisdictions:
- Baltimore City If you need to apply for Food Manager Card you will need to complete Food Manager Application
- City of Annapolis
- Baltimore County You will need to take your training hours letter from an interjurisdictionally approved instructor and Certificate along with the Level I application
- Howard County
- Montgomery County
- Prince George's County.
Why should you train your staff?Training your food handlers to use good food safety practices may save your food service facility from a bad reputation or even worse being sued.
According to the Centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) there are over 5,000 deaths and 325,000 hospitalizations each year. Many reports estimate that many cases of food borne illness go unreported. The CDC also estimates that the price tag for food borne illness is $152 billion dollars.Food safety is important even if you are located in a county that does not require a staff member to hold a food handlers card. We recommend training key staff using the Servsafe™ Food Safety Manager Certification program. In addition we recommend training you entire staff using Servsafe™ Starters. At SMF Training Solutions we will develop a program specific to your establishment and train your staff on how they can reduce product loss and help prevent food borne illness in your food service facility.