Wisconsin Food Safety State Requirements
Wisconsin Food Handlers
Wisconsin food handler safety training is necessary for employees in the food service and hospitality industry. Wisconsin food safety training is for employees (such as chefs, cooks, servers, preparers, vendors, caterers, supervisors and managers) who are involved in preparing, storing, or handling food that work in: (restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries, delis, mobile food trucks, assisted-living, day care centers, and convenience stores).
Wisconsin Certified Food Managers
Wisconsin requires each retail food establishment to have a person-in-charge, an owner, or manager of a food establishment be a Certified Food Manager (CFM) as outlined in the FDA Food Code by successfully passing an accredited ANSI food safety certification exam.
- The Food Manager Certification is usually valid for 5 years. However, in a few local jurisdictions this may vary, so make sure to check with your local health authority.
Wisconsin – Food Manager Certification (ANSI)
Our Food Protection Manager Certification is approved by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP). This accredited exam is state-accepted for food manager certification requirements for Food Management Professionals. The candidate must pass the food safety examination from an accredited certification provider to be recognized as a Certified Food Protection Manager.
Wisconsin – Cottage Food
Wisconsin is different from every other state in that they allow homemade canned goods, but they don’t allow homemade baked goods. Also known as the “Pickle Bill”, this law was modeled after their neighboring state’s law, except that Minnesota’s law does allow baked goods as well as canned.
Wisconsin’s pickle bill is the most restrictive cottage food law in the United States. Aside from the food limitations, producers can only have up to $5,000 of sales per year, and they may only sell at farmers markets and other community events. All sales must be made in-person and go directly from the producer to the consumer. Home producers are allowed to make jams, jellies, pickled goods, sauces, and any other canned goods that are acidic enough to be safe (needs a pH under 4.6).
However, there is no registration process or cost necessary to start selling. The law exempts producers from needing to get a license, though the Department of Agriculture encourages sellers to test their product for safety and take some training to educate themselves on safe production practices.
It’s strange that Wisconsin allows something relatively risky (canned goods) without allowing the least risky foods (baked goods). This is likely due to the presence of some special interest groups, like the Wisconsin Bakers Association. Since the opposition to homemade baked goods is merely political, three women partnered with the Institute of Justice in January 2016 to form a lawsuit challenging the ban on home-baked goods. One of the women, Lisa Kivirist, is the author of Homemade for Sale.
A sign must be displayed at the place of sale that says “These canned goods are homemade and not subject to state inspection.”
“Events” refers to “community or social events”. You cannot deliver to a private event, like a wedding.
Wisconsin Food Safety State Regulations
- Wisconsin Food Code
- Wisconsin Administrative Code – Chapter 97: Food, Lodging, and Recreation
- Wisconsin Administrative Code – 97.33. Certificate of food protection practices
Food Truck and Food Vendor Rules and Associations
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Food Vendor Licenses
- Madison & Dane County – Mobile Food Operators (PDF)
- City of Madison – Street Vendor License
- City of Fond du Lac – Mobile Food Vendors
- Taste of Wisconsin – Mobile Food Vendors
- Green Bay, WI – On Broadway – Food Truck Friday
- City of Milwaukee – Mobile Food Establishments
Wisconsin Food Safety State Contact Info
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture
Food and Recreational Safety
PO Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708-8911
Phone: (608) 224-5012
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