California Food Handler Card

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 SB 303 requires that all employees who handle food in restaurants possess a California Food Handler Card. The bill requires workers who handle, prepare, service or sell non-prepackaged food to pass a test in safe food-handling. The training for the test covers such issues as cooking meat and eggs thoroughly; chilling leftovers properly; washing hands before preparing food; and washing fresh fruits and vegetables in running water.

Food handlers must have a California Food Handler Card by July 1, 2011. Employees hired after June 1, 2011 will have 30 days from the date of hire to acquire a food handler card.  A valid food handler card must be maintained throughout the duration of their employment.

Links to testing and additional information on SB 303

Food Handler Card Guidelines
ANSI Accredited Food-Handler Certificate Programs
California Restaurant Association
ServSafe Food Handler Card
National Environmental Health Association Food Handler Card
ABC Food Safety
State Food Safety


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