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ServSafe Food Handler Program helps California restaurants comply with new law

The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe® Food Handler Program will offer solutions for California restaurateurs to comply with the recent California Food Handler Card law, or SB 602. Nearly one million restaurant industry employees in the state will need to be in compliance with the law by July 1, 2011.

“As the leader in food safety training throughout the United States, we have tailored our ServSafe Food Handler Program to meet the requirements of the California Food Handler Card law to help restaurant operators prepare for compliance,” said David Gilbert, chief operating officer of the National Restaurant Association.

Food handlers are defined as employees “involved in the preparation, service or storage of food.” Recognizing that job descriptions and roles can vary by operation, officials have clarified the definition to include most restaurant employees, including, but not limited to: cooks, waitstaff, bussers, bartenders, hosts/hostesses, beverage pourers, chefs and supervisory personnel, such as the general manager or managers who handle food.

The ServSafe Food Handler Program is fully compliant with the California Food Handler law. It offers both online and classroom training formats, ensuring that the same food principles are delivered consistently. This budget-friendly program can streamline the food safety training process at the employee-level, saving operators both time and money.

Food handlers affected by the law must provide a copy of their California Food Handler Card to their employers, who are required to maintain files to submit during the health inspection process.

“Our ServSafe suite of training solutions also helps restaurant operators nationwide meet and exceed food safety regulations and standards. There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our guests, making employee training a number-one priority,” Gilbert added.

Read our news release for more information. The California Restaurant Association has additional information on the new law and employee training solutions.

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