New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Food Program

2019 Food Regulation Update

The new Food Regulations became effective January 1, 2019.

The purpose of the change is to stay up-to-date with the most recent national model code, food science, and to address stakeholder feedback received following the update of the food regulations in March 2016.

Important Dates and Information
The new Food Regulations became effective January 1, 2019.
The Food Handler Card and Certified Food Protection Manager requirements were updated and will be effective April 1, 2019.

Please see the “2019 Food Regulation Summary of Changes” below for specific information and requirements or visit Food Handler Card or Certified Food Protection Manager for more information concerning changes to these requirements.

The following resources are available to help you prepare for the upcoming changes:

2019 Food Regulation Summary of Changes (Including Food Handler Card and Certified Food Protection Manager changes)

Retail and Manufactured Food Field Guide 2019 Version 

  • The Field Guide is the most user-friendly way to review the regulations.  It combines the 2017 Food Code with the changes made for NM into a single document.

Official Regulations (1/1/2019)

2017 Food Code (External Link to FDA website)

Regulation Update Notification Letter (Sent to food facility owners in October 2018)