LAW ALERT: Your Employees May Be Required To Have a Food Handlers Card By July 1, 2011

Before leaving office, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 602 which amended California’s Health and Safety Code to provide that, except in certain circumstances, all “food handlers” must obtain a food handler card on or before July 1, 2011. Before Senate Bill 602, the law generally required an owner or designated employee of a food establishment to successfully pass an approved and accredited food safety certification examination from an accredited certification organization.

Who is a “Food Handler?” The Code defines a “food handler” as “an individual who is involved in the preparation,

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