CA Restaurants Prepare for New Food Handling Regulations

On July 1st, 2011 new regulations went into effect in California that require restaurant employees who handle food to obtain a Food Handler’s Certification Card in order to work in the food service industry.

While the law became effective on July 1st enforcement is not expected to begin until January 1st, 2012 in order to give legislators more time to finalize the wording and qualification process for providing certification. The law will require that employees who handle food in any capacity obtain a Food Handler’s Card, the certification card is good for 3 years at which time the employee will need to re-certify. The certification process will extend to all employees handling food, including chefs & cook staff, waitstaff, busboys & more. Host/Hostesses will not be required to obtain certification unless they are handling food as part of their job duties. Since the employees themselves are certified their card will be effective even if they change employers; the employer will be required to have records on file showing proof of certification for all employees who handle food.

Currently certification courses are available from a handful of sources that provide both online certification or on-site training and certification for employees. Follow the links below to get more information on available courses:

ServSafe CA Food Handler’s Certification Course

Hospitality Consultants of America Certification Course