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Food Manager Certification

Food Code Law: Each Food Establishment (including full fixed, seasonal & STFU) shall have at least one full-time manager//knowledgeable person in charge. The person in charge may demonstrate knowledge by passing a test that is ANSI-CFP accredited. Public Health-Muskegon County may require individuals to complete food safety training when there are repeated failures to correct a critical (priority/priority foundation) violation.

This law applies to:

  • All food service establishments except:
    • Licensed temporary food service establishments
    • Vending machine locations
  • An extended retail food establishment.
  • A food service establishment operated within a retail grocery.


For full details on the legal requirements, visit the following links:

Regulation No. 570 - Manager Certification (MDA)

Michigan Food Law section 289.2129

Manager Certification Myths and Facts

Manager Certification Rules to Take Effect (MDA Memo)

Manager Certification Rules Now Effective (MDA Memo)


For more information about food manager certification, visit the Michigan Department of Agriculture website.


Local Class Information

ServSafe is offered in Muskegon County through MSU Extension and Pioneer Resources. For a list of other ANSI-CFP accredited training choices, visit the ANSI website.