Do you have a food handlers certificate?

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 Does this "food handling course" cover the 3-second rule?   You know,  just in case.

 

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 Does this "food handling course" cover the 3-second rule?   You know,  just in case.

 

Only if you 'Kiss it up to God' as my friends used to say when we were young.

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No food safety education of any kind is required under our health department rules here for B&Bs, even the larger inns which can also hold events onsite.  We do have twice yearly inspections by the health department and have to display our rating for the guests.

 

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In the state that we owned our B & B requires that anyone that is in the kitchen has a food certificate. The previous state we were in the health dept NEVER inspected the inn-scary right?! Right now the state we currently have a job in does not require one-each state is differtent; personally I think all B & B owners that also run the B & B should have one...its really good information about food and handling it.

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Our rules are very close to Cal rules. Any one in our kitchen that either perpares food or serves food must get a certificate.

You attend an all day course and then an exam.

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 If you advertise a full breakfast, which we do, then at least one person in the kitchen needs to be Serve Safe certified.  I'm due for a renewal next year which will mean a day of refresher info and a test.  

If we want to convert to continental breakfast we don't need the certificate.  

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Ours is also the Serve Safe cert. One person has to be certified.

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Ours is called Food Safe Course. I have my Certificate  so does hubby.

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Food Handler's card is different than Serve Safe. Serve Safe is much more intense. We have to have a Food Handler's card and are very fortunate we can do it online from our state restaurant association.  It's good for 3 years and it's only $10.

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Where I am it is required to have a Serve Safe certificate and it has to be renewed every 5 years by taking the one day class at the community college.  They make us send a copy of the certificate each year to the health dept. when we renew our health dept permit.  Now they have changed it and made it where every member of the staff must have a certificate on file.  No longer can one person who is in charge have one and train the others.

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Now they have changed it and made it where every member of the staff must have a certificate on file.  No longer can one person who is in charge have one and train the others.

Wow.  Is that true for all who work in restaurant kitchens, or are they singling out B&B's?

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Innkeep wrote:

Barry_Manilow wrote:

Now they have changed it and made it where every member of the staff must have a certificate on file.  No longer can one person who is in charge have one and train the others.

Wow.  Is that true for all who work in restaurant kitchens, or are they singling out B&B's?

Everyone in our kitchen has to have a food handler's card. Everyone one who touches the plates has to have one too (servers).

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Innkeep wrote:

Barry_Manilow wrote:

Now they have changed it and made it where every member of the staff must have a certificate on file.  No longer can one person who is in charge have one and train the others.

Wow.  Is that true for all who work in restaurant kitchens, or are they singling out B&B's?

In Calf you were required to have one when you worked in a restaurant, period. That was when I was in high school and had to take the full day class and exam. I never worked in the kitchen, it was anyone working in a restaurant period.

But then Calf requires you display the A rating prominently in an outside window for customers to see you have been inspected and pass by 95% or more (if that is the same %).  A few other states have this, but not many, I wish they all did!

 

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Not required here for those just serving breakfast for overnight guests in small places like mine. 

Here it was all or nothing, which I thought was odd.  The Fire Marshel inspection mentioned the need for commercial exaust, 3 basin sink and all stainless counters.  But after discussing this with the health inspector, it was nixed as this is not considered a commercial building.  

Innkeep, if it is county law and you are serving breakfast, I would think you would be required to have it in your area.  The way it was told to me regarding Fire codes: Fed. laws are the base and all must abide, state laws can be more strict as well as local laws.  But they can't be more lax.   I would think the same rule would apply to health codes, so just because the state does not require one, if the county or city does, you must adhere to them.  Contact the state to verify. 

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Are you talking about the Safe Serve Certificate?  I had one ( required for degree, but that was awhile ago).  I don't need one, but my standards are above par! 

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Required of all local B&Bs by the government that someone take the course and pass. MoH took the course and has his certificate.

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I'm asking because our state does not require us to have one, but the county does.  My certificate is time-limited and will expire in September.  I haven't decided whether to re-take the test or not.

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Innkeep wrote:

I'm asking because our state does not require us to have one, but the county does.  My certificate is time-limited and will expire in September.  I haven't decided whether to re-take the test or not.

  Neither were required here for a B&B only serving breakfast,  though we checked.    On a positive note,  I have had training in the past, so that came in handy.   Keep a clean kitchen and everything at the proper temperature!

 

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Innkeep wrote:

I'm asking because our state does not require us to have one, but the county does.  My certificate is time-limited and will expire in September.  I haven't decided whether to re-take the test or not.

  Neither were required here for a B&B only serving breakfast,  though we checked.    On a positive note,  I have had training in the past, so that came in handy.   Keep a clean kitchen and everything at the proper temperature!

 

I think every person who is handling food for the public should take this course, anyway. There is quite a bit in the class that many people do not know or realize in safe handling of food.

We have discussed the "overnight" casserole scenario as one of these. Where some locales will not even allow this overnight casserole. Many argue the case for and against.

Working for Dept of Health and taking the calls from the people who were ill enough to report (or hospitals) those instances of food borne illness, it is easy to see how many operators can become lax and think it is not a big deal.

Last year, many of us were paranoid when they had the outbreak due to canteloupes. Always better to be equipped with knowledge.

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Here it means I will have to go to the Health Dept and watch 2 movies, pay the. $15 or $20 (it may have gone up in price) and I will have a food handlers card.

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