The Board of Supervisors recently approved changes to the Foodhandler Program.
FOOD HANDLER CARDS/ TESTS
All food handlers are required by San Diego County Code to possess either a valid food handler card issued by a county-authorized food handler training school or a County of San Diego food handler test administered by the current food safety manager who has passed a state-approved food safety certification exam.
To find an upcoming food handler class, please contact the food handler training school directly.
FOOD HANDLER CARD RENEWALS
Food handler cards are valid for 3 years. To renew your card, you must complete a full 3 hour training course and pass an exam provided by one of our approved food handler training school. If you lose your card during the 3 years since you passed the exam, you must contact the training school to purchase a replacement card (your expiration date will still reflect your initial exam passing date), or you must retake a full 3 hour training course and pass the exam again to be issued a new food handler card. Should you have any questions, please contact our department (858) 505-6900.
CERTIFIED FOOD SAFETY MANAGER
In addition to the County’s food handler training requirement there is also a state requirement for a certified food safety manager. State law requires each food facility to have at least one owner/employee that has passed a state-approved food safety certification exam. Each certification is applicable to only one facility. These certificates are valid for 5 years and must be renewed.