If you own a restaurant you will need to become familiar with Senate Bill 602. This is the California Food Handler Card bill. This bill requires most of the state’s restaurant workers to be trained and certified in proper food handling by July 1, 2011. The legislation that created the law, Senate Bill 602, is aimed at reducing kitchen-to-table illnesses at California’s restaurants. A food handler is defined by the law as a person who is involved in the preparation, storage or service of food in a food facility. The Sacramento Bee reports that employees pay $15 for the program and the exam. The 2½ hour training program consist of a short course, either self-directed online or led by a trainer, and a test on the elements of food safety needed to handle and serve food, including:
- Washing hands with soap and water before preparing food.
- Thoroughly cooking meat and poultry.
- Avoiding cross-contamination of food.
- Reporting suspected food-borne illnesses to local health authorities.