For People Who Cook & Serve Food
Restaurant Owners & Managers


Food Safety Regulations

California State Law

Certified Food Handler Training

Food Safety Curriculum

Food Safety Terms

Food Safety Links

It would be devastating and very costly if an outbreak of foodborne illness could be traced back to your restaurant. Not only would you lose business, suffer public embarrassment, receive bad publicity, and be sued, but you would have to wrestle with your conscious that people who trusted you became ill as a result of your poor food handling practices.  

It's undeniable that investing in food safety training is cheaper than exposing you, employees, customers and reputation to an foodborne incident. We have compiled some information that will make it easier for you to focus on food safety.
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Food Safety Regulations
Restaurants have legal obligations to implement policies and procedures for ensuring that the food being prepared and served to customers is free from contamination.

State by state, public health departments are adopting and implementing regulations mandating that owners and managers of foodservice businesses attend food safety training classes. 

To date, over 100 county and local health departments are involved. While the federal food code provides the framework for the regulations, check with your local health department to determine which regulations affect your business. (Back to top)

California State Law
California State Law states,  “Each food facility shall have an owner or employee who has successfully passed an approved and accredited food safety certification examination....The certified owner or employee need not be present at the food facility during all hours of operation.” (CA Health & Safety Code Sec. 113700-113733). (Back to top)

Certified Food Handler Training For Southern California
Cara Rice & Associates provides certified food safety training in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in accordance with state law. We utilized the Thomson Prometric Exam.

We provide a comprehensive, entertaining and interactive eight-hour seminar. The cost includes the seminar, study materials and the Thomson Prometric exam. Group discounts are available for onsite training.

We use unique memory training techniques and colorful visuals to ensure an enjoyable learning environment. Attendees gain valuable information making it easy to understand food safety concepts and gain adequate knowledge to easily pass the exam. Soon, we will be adding a "home study" version for those individuals who prefer to study independently.

To access our recent training schedule, please click here.
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Certified Food Handler Training Curriculum

  1. Foodborne illness

  2. Sources, contamination and prevention

  3. HAACP

  4. Purchasing, receiving, storing

  5. Preparing, cooking and serving

  6. Cleaning and sanitizing

  7. Equipment and utensils

  8. Facilities

  9. Food Safety Exam

Food Safety Links  (Back to top)
The links below have been provided to make it easier for you to read food safety information. Learn whether the cooking and serving practices at home or at your favorite restaurant could be putting you and your family at risk for a foodborne illness. Your life could very well depend upon it.

Information is grouped by the following categories:

Websites with GREAT basic food safety information no matter where your business is located:

Do Your Own Establishment Inspection - A Guide to Self Inspection for the Smaller Food Processor & Warehouse 

FDA Food Code (2001, 1999, 1997)

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Food Equipment Cleaning and Sanitizing  

Food Safety Basics - A Reference Guide for Foodservice Operators

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Food Safety Hazards in Foodservice and Food Retail Establishments

Managing Food Safety: A HACCP Principles Guide for Operators of Food Establishments at the Retail Level

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If you have a color printer, the NFSMI website is a place to get great FREE posters that you can to remind your employees 

NFSMI Food Safety Mini-Posters

Information for special situations

Essential Safety Requirements for Street-Vended Foods  

Food Safety for Farmers' Market Vendors

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