California Food Handler Safety Training
California Food Safety Training Requirements
California food handler safety training is necessary for employees in the food service and hospitality industry. Individuals working in food facilities who are involved in preparing, storing, or handling food are required to obtain a Food Handler's Card. This includes food employees that work in restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis, mobile vendors, food trucks, bars, and convenience stores - such as chefs, cooks, servers, preparers, caterers and managers.
The Food Handler's Cards Training Program is easy to use and takes about 2 hours to complete. The course contains all the information you will need to learn about basic sanitation and food preparation in order to earn a certificate of course completion and a food handler's card. All content materials and exams are available in both English and Spanish.
As of July 1, 2011, Senate Bill 602 requires, every food handler who is involved in the preparation, storage or service of food in a food facility has to take a California State-Certified Food Handler Course and pass an Authorized Test. Other requirements vary by city and county. Also, each retail food establishment must also have at least one Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM).
The California Food Handler Card law – SB 602 – is a landmark bill signed in 2010 that creates a statewide standard for safe food handling in California’s restaurants. The law ensures that food handlers gain and exhibit basic food safety knowledge by passing a test. Food handlers must obtain a food handler card within 30 days of the date of hire. Food handlers must also obtain a food handler card within 30 days of the date of hire. The certificate is valid for 3 years. Source: CCDEH Position Paper – SB 602 Implementation (Food Handler Card).
Certified Food Manager
California requires that a person-in-charge, an owner, or employee of a food establishment - (i.e., restaurants, markets, bakeries, bars, food trucks, commissaries, and food facilities that prepare, handle, or serve non-prepackaged potentially hazardous food) be a Certified Food Manager (CFM) or demonstrate knowledge of food safety as outlined in the FDA Food Code by successfully passing an accredited ANSI food safety certification exam.
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California Food Safety Training Regulations
California Food Safety Contact Info
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Retail Food Program Specialist
California Dept. of Health Services
Food and Drug Branch
1500 Capitol Avenue MA 7602
PO Box 997435
Sacramento, CA 95899-7435
Phone: (910) 650-6617
California Food Handler Training Course
Most people working in restaurants and mobile food vehicles need to have completed a Food Handler's Safety Training Course and demonstrate proof with a certificate or card. After completing the course, they have to present the food handler's certificate to their local authority and pay the required registration fees.
Food Handler safety training is often intended for entry-level professionals in the food service industry, such as servers, chefs, cooks, mobile food vendors, cashiers, and even c-store clerks.
The Food Handler Training course will discuss the various food safety issues, regulations, and techniques needed to maintain a food-safe environment. It will help the student better understand how handling food correctly is not only the law, but it improves safety and reduces risks.
At the conclusion of the course, the learner will be tested on their knowledge of the learning objectives and content. Upon successfully passing the exam, the learner will be issued a Food Handler’s Certificate document (or card).
Credit Hours: 2 hrs
At the conclusion of the Food Handler Training Certificate program, you should be able to:
- Identify biological, physical, and chemical contamination.
- Identify foodborne illnesses, signs of food spoilage, types of food prep contamination, and proper temperature control methods.
- Safely store and prepare meat, poultry, and vegetables.
- Demonstrate effective food handling techniques that promote cleanliness and safety in food establishments.
- Discuss the importance of proper personal hygiene in the workplace.
- Implement appropriate procedures to receive and store food.
- Summarize practices for properly cleaning and sanitizing food contact materials and surface.
End of Course - Certificate
Upon successful completion of the course and the exam, you will be able to download and print your food handler training certificate of completion.
California Food Safety Local Requirements
Los Angeles County (LAC):
Food Managers: There shall be at least one Certified Food Safety Manager (CFPM) person at each food facility. Los Angeles County (LAC) Environmental Health (EH) recommends more than one person. Certification is valid for 5 years.
Food Handlers: A Food Handler Card (CFH Card) is required by all food employees
who are involved in the preparation, storage, or service of food in a food facility.
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
5050 Commerce Drive
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
County of Los Angeles - Food Safety:
California Food Handler Card Law: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/docs/misc/FAQ_CFH.pdf
California Food Manager Certification:
County of Los Angeles - Food Truck Regulations:
- Duration: 2 Hours
- ANSI Accredited
- Take course anywhere and anytime!
- Download certificate upon completion!
- Available en Español
- 24×7 Support: (877) 881-2235 - Online
Food Handler Training Card/Certificate
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