California requires that a food handler and a person in charge, an owner, manager 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) demonstrate knowledge of food safety as outlined in the FDA Food Code by successfully passing an approved food safety training course, and if needed, become a certified food manager, take an accredited ANSI-CFP 8-hour food safety certification course, and pass an examination.
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 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 are required to take a short 2 hour training course and pass an exam. To become a Certified Food Manager, taking an approved Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Training Course and passing an exam is necessary. The Learn2Serve Food Protection Manager Certification is approved by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP). This accredited exam is accepted in all states that have mandatory certification requirements for Food Management Professionals. Local requirements may exceed the state’s minimum requirements.
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California Food Handler Card Law Guidelines - 2011 (PDF)
Food Safety Training Required For Managers: Yes
Food Safety Training Required Food Handlers: Yes
Food Manager Certification Exam Required: Yes
Re-Training Frequency: Every 3 years
Re-Certification Exam: Every 3 years
California Deptartment of Public Health
Food and Drug Branch - Food Safety Program
1500 Capitol Avenue MA 7602
PO Box 997377
Sacramento, CA 95899
Phone: (916) 558-1784
Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, Long Beach, Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Oakland, Anaheim.
Local Requirements: Los Angeles County (LAC) requires local food handler training and certification.
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
Phone: (626) 430-5200
Local Requirements: Santa Barabara County requires local food safety training and certification.
County of Santa Barbara:
Food Handlers: A Food Handler Card (FHC) is required by all persons who prepare, store, or serve food in a food facility. Food Handler Cards are required to be obtained on or before January 1, 2012 and/or within 30 days after hire date from an accredited training provider. The FHC must be renewed every 3 years. A passing score of at least 70 percent is required. The food handler training course may be offered through a trainer-led class and examination, through the use of a computer program or internet, or through a combination of the two.
Most people working in restaurants, on a mobile food truck, caterers, and non-restaurant facilities need food safety training or a food handlers card. To get that card, food handling and serving personnel should complete food handling training. After completing the course, they have to present the food handlers certificate to their local authority and pay the required registration fees.
Food Handler Training is often intended for entry-level professionals in the food service industry, such as servers, chefs, cooks, cashiers, food truck workers, mobile food vendors, caterers, and even convenient store (c-store) clerks. The Food Handler Certificate will require the learner to complete a brief 2-hour training course covering basic food safety principles. At the conclusion of the course, the learner will be tested on their knowledge of the content and learning outcomes. Upon successfully passing the exam, the learner will be issued a Food Handler’s Certificate document (or card).
The Learn2Serve.com ANSI Certified Food Handler course will discuss various food safety issues, regulations, and techniques to maintain a food-safe environment. It will help you to better understand how handling food correctly is not only the law, but it improves safety and reduces risks.
Credit Hours: 2 hrs
At the conclusion of the ANSI Certified Food Handler Certificate program, you should be able to:
Upon successful completion of the course and the exam, you will earn your food handler certificate of completion from your training page.
Food Manager Training Course
The Food Safety Manager Principles Course provides a foundational knowledge of the FDA Food Code and covers foodborne hazards and pathogens, cross contamination, proper preparation and temperature controls, proper hygiene, proper cleaning and sanitation methods, regulations, and the proper techniques to maintain a food-safe environment.
Audience: Experienced professionals in the food service industry, such as owner, manager, person-in-charge (PIC), chef, cook, or any employee.
ANSI Certification Exam
To be certified as a food manager, the individual must pass an accredited food safety examination - administered by a certification provider.
The Learn2Serve Food Protection Manager Certification is approved by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP). With the exception of Connecticut, this accredited exam is accepted in all states/jurisdictions that have mandatory certification requirements for Food Management Professionals.
Reference: ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
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Your employer might ask you to take a ServSafe course to be food safety training qualified. This is simply a food safety training course brand name.
Our Learn2Serve food safety training courses are the same thing as ServSafe and our Certified Food Manager Exam is ANSI-CFP approved and approved for all states.
American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP) Accreditation Program
Food Protection Manager Certification Program
Company: 360training.com, Inc.
Accreditation ID: 0975
Website: ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
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