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Consumer Protection - Food Handler Information

Effective September 25, 2010, all food handlers working in California food facilities must have obtained a food handler card.

State of California Food Handler Card Requirements:

  • Food handlers are involved in the preparation, storage, or service of food in a food facility.
  • All food handlers must either have a card when hired or obtain a card within 30 days from the date of hire.
  • Food handler cards are valid for three years from the date of issuance.
  • Each food facility must maintain records documenting that all food handler employees possess a valid food handler card.  These records must be provided to the enforcement officer upon request.

The food handler training course and exam can be completed online at: