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The New Mexico Environment Department’s Environmental Health Bureau announces that the requirement for obtaining the Food Handler Card and Certified Manager Certification will be extended until further notice. Click here for more information.

To help prepare you for the changes please browse the resources below. 

                                             PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR NEW RESOURCES

                                     NEW Application-Training Program for Food Handler Card Exemption (Click Here)


Important Changes

This resource is intended to provide a quick look at some of the more important changes in the new regulations.

           Important Changes to the Regulations (NEW 3/10/16)

Person in Charge

Beginning March 1, 2016 each permitted food establishment will need to have a "Person in Charge" designated during at all times during hours of operation.  For more information on the responsibilities of a "Person in Charge" click here.

           Person in Charge Fact Sheet (REVISED 3/10/16)

Employee Health Resources

The following model forms were taken directly from the 2013 Food Code and will assist you in complying with the employee health and illness reporting requirements. For more information on reporting requirements click here.

Employee Health Handbook (NEW 2/29/16)

Employee Interview Form

Employee Illness Reporting Agreement

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.

Food Handler Card FAQ's (REVISED 3/2/16)

Approved Food Handler Card Programs

Application-Training Program for Food Handler Card Training Exemption (to obtain the application please contact Isidro Herrera @ 575-288-2049)

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.

Certified Food Protection Manager Requirement

Approved Programs (UPDATED 3/2/16)


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

Retail Food Inspection Form (examples include: restaurants, schools, snack bars)

Application for Permit (previously two documents-application and plan review) (REVISED 3/10/16)

Temporary Food Establishment Application (There is now one application regardless of event length) (REVISED 3/21/16)

Variance Application

Vomit and Diarrhea Event Cleanup Guides

Food facilities permitted by NMED are required to have a cleanup plan to respond to vomiting and diarrheal events.  The posters below will help you achieve this requirement.

         English Version (NEW 3/1/16)

         Spanish Version (New 3/1/16)

Pet Dogs on Outdoor Patios

Pet dogs may be allowed on outdoor patios under certain circumstances and restrictions.  Please see 6-501.115(6) in the Field Guide for further details. 

As stated in this section, signage approved by NMED-EHB is required. You are welcome to create your own sign and submit it to your local field office for approval, or you may use this sign that is "pre-approved".

If you have further questions concerning the regulations or the comment process please email or call us at: or (505) 209-4042.

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