Food & Restaurants
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The Environmental Services Department ensures the citizens of Maricopa County receive safe food by partnering with food service operators to foster safe food practices through strong food safety systems.
- Food Employees
- Permitting Guidance
- Permit Applications & Forms
- Active Managerial Control
- Food Safety Resources
Certified Food Protection Manager
Maricopa County requires all establishments that serve open food, which requires time/temperature control for food safety, to have at least one (1) Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) on staff. The Person in Charge shall be a CFPM and is required to be onsite during the hours of operation.
Food Handler’s Certificate
Maricopa County requires all food-handling employees to obtain a Food Handler’s Certificate. The person in charge at the Food Establishment is responsible for ensuring all food-handling employees obtain this certification.
Active Managerial Control (AMC) is a simple proactive system used by food service operators to improve food safety in their establishments. The systems developed using AMC have not only helped operators standardize their business procedures, they have resulted in improved inspections over extended periods of time. We offer a variety of resources that can help food service operators of all experience levels develop their own food safety systems using AMC methods.
Take advantage of this free 2 hour class where our staff explain the benefits of using AMC to develop food safety systems for your business and demonstrate how easily they can be developed. This class is the perfect forum to learn the concepts and get all of your questions answered. You will leave this class equipped to start the development of your own AMC food safety systems and quickly see a return on your investment in food safety.
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This toolbox is exactly what you need to fix food safety breakdowns that have occurred in your establishment. We have developed resources focused on the most common food safety breakdowns. In this toolbox, you will find videos, guidance documents, posters, and templates, all designed to help operators organize their procedures and develop AMC food safety systems specific to their businesses.
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Cutting Edge Program
As you become more comfortable implementing AMC food safety systems in your business, you should consider enrolling in our Department’s Cutting Edge Program. Cutting Edge participants not only score better on their inspections, they also get to take advantage of exclusive resources and receive a distinguished business status on our Department’s Restaurant Ratings website.
Here you can find resources designed to answer questions many food operators have, whether it be related to a unique/technical procedure or an inspection/permitting process. Additionally, we have provided tools to assist in training and reminding staff on proper food safety procedures.
Please click on the links below to access the resources: