In accordance with the Knox County Food Safety Ordinance, restaurants and retail food services are subject to licensing, certification for food service sanitation mangers, routine inspections, and facility plan reviews.
Food Allergen Trainings
To find an food allergy training, please visit ANSI Accredited Online Courses
Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)
On January 1, 2019, the Illinois Department of Public Health adopted the 2017 FDA Food Code, which includes an update requiring the Person in Charge (PIC) of a foodservice operation to be a Certified Food Protection Manager. The PIC must be onsite at all times during operating hours in Category I and Category II establishments.
To become a CFPM, a food protection manager must attend an online or in-person* course that educates the Person in Charge (PIC) on how to receive, store, prepare, and serve food in a safe manner. A certificate (similar to the one below) is issued upon successful completion of a food protection manager course and exam. The Food Protection Manager course with exam are approximately 8 hours in length. The Food Protection Manager certificate is valid for five (5) years.For more information regarding Certified Food Protection Manager courses and requirements please visit: ANSI Accredited Online Courses.
Please direct complaints to the Environmental Health Division, 309-344-2224.
Rules & Law
- Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act
- Knox County Food Safety Ordinance
- 750 IL Food Code
- 2017 FDA Food Code