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Food Safety Certification

Wherever you serve food in the United States, food safety is a primary concern of restaurants and a primary consideration for the clientele. After all, food-borne illnesses-whether caused by chemical, physical, or biological contamination—are not just inconveniences but clear and present dangers to health and life. One needs only to recall the recent rash of massive food recalls and public panic, all due to E. Coli or Salmonella contamination fears, to realize how important food safety is and how critical food safety certification ought to be.

Many cities and local jurisdictions today require or recommend food safety certification for people in food establishments whose duties involve storing, preparing, displaying, and serving food. Most restaurants, in fact, now require a food safety certification for employment. In Texas, for instance, the person in charge of food safety in a food establishment is required by the state’s Food Establishment Rules §229.163 to be a certified food-protection manager.

How Do You Get Certified?

You can get your food safety certification by passing an ANSI-CFP nationally accredited certification exam. (ANSI-CFP stands for the American National Standards Institute-Conference for Food Protection.) This exam is made available by the following ANSI-CFP Accredited Food Manager Examination providers: the National Restaurant Association (ServSafe®), the Prometric®, and the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals®.

The certification exam comes in several types depending on your need and on the individual regulations of your locale.

Passing Your Certification Exam

The key to passing any exam, your certification exam included, is good preparation. To prepare well for your certification exam you need to get the best food safety training and, optionally, the best exam review—both available from Learn2serve.com, the leading provider of online food safety manager certification training courses.

If you’re in California for instance, you can take, say, the California Food Handler Training or the LA County Certified Food Handler Training. Either of these courses is excellent preparation for the ANSI-CFP certification exam. If you pass it, you get your California Food Handler card.

If you’re in Texas, you can opt to take Learn2Serve’s Food Manager Certification Examination and Prep Course, a package that combines the Food Safety Manager Training preparation course and the Texas Department of State Health Services-approved Food Protection Management Examination. When you pass the exam, your certificate will be made available for download.

Food Handlers Permit for Food and Beverage Professionals

A food handler card is required of individuals who are employed by a restaurant or food facility and directly engage in the manufacture, preparation, storage, handling and service of food or beverages. These individuals include but are not limited to waiters, chefs, cooks, bartenders and restaurant supervisors.

With foodborne illnesses threatening the lives of thousands of people across the United States, it only follows for food establishments to have their employees trained on food handling. One can’t be too sure when it comes to food handling—especially with foodborne illnesses just around the corner.

Getting Food Handlers License

All employees of food establishments are required to present a food handlers permit within 30 days of employment. Failure to present a food license within the said time frame may provide employers reason to remove workers from their position.

Learn2Serve’s state-specific food handler courses satisfy your local health department’s requirements for food safety training. The course covers the importance of food safety and the role of local health departments that enforce it; how to identify food illnesses and its causes; identifying different types of contamination; understanding temperature control; proper cleaning and sanitation; and proper food handling and storage.

Lean2Serve also offers a Convenience Store Operator Essentials program which provides you the added benefit of learning about off-premise alcohol and tobacco selling.