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CALIFORNIA FOOD CARD INFORMATIONAL PAGE

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IN DEPTH INFORMATION REGARDING THE LAW AND ONSITE GROUP OPTIONS BELOW.
NOTE: The following paragraphs, where indicated, were written as of 2011, through 2012.The information has been left as is, so you can see the progression of the law, to it's final state, which towards the end of the page, you will see, is a summation to the following:
A SB 303 was requested, in order to let any organization wishing, other than SERVSAFE, to provide this certification, (CA FOOD CARD) to be able to do so, upon filing for a special accreditation status with ANSI. In the begining, only ServSafe was set up and able to provide this course and certification. Certain interested parties, such as : Premier Food Safety ( a healthy competitor of ours) decided this was unfair, and took to change legislation to their economical interest, through basic protocol legal recourse, to change this mandate in California, and make it so that any large organization, with enough funds to pay ANSI for accreditation status and willing to subject themselves to their oversight, also be able to certify CA Food Handlers personally, as a recognized Entity approved by the State to give the CA food card. In effect, they did not want SERVSAFE, a non profit organization, to garner all the market-for economical reasons of course. NRFSP and Prometric were set up by default to also provide this certification. The last two, in al fairness, are private entities. So you will find several ANSI approved providers of this CA food card, because Premier Food Safety opened the flood gates for individual entities, to be able to petition approval to certify the public in general-private entities. And the certification market has been flooded with many private companies whom have filed, with ANSI directly to do this. There is a price cap of how much the course could cost as well: 15.00 dollars. This is MAX for an online course. But anything involving a live course, travel to and fro, and materials provided, these costs are left to the actual provider to ascertain and charge. Thus we charge an additional 20.00 dollars for instructional and actual hard copy book, with your laminated card all inclusive. We use, NRFSP

AS YOU WELL KNOW, OR HAVE HEARD, IF YOU LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, AND YOU WORK IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY, ESPECIALLY AT THE RETAIL LEVEL, YOU ARE SUBJECT TO THIS NEW LAW OR REQUIREMENT. IT WAS SIGNED AND PASSED SEPTEMBER OF 2010. IT IS TO BE ENFORCED AS OF JULY 1st, 2011. THIS PAGE WILL AID YOU IN CLARIFYING QUESTIONS, DOUBTS, AND WILL ALSO SHOW YOU HOW WE CAN ASSIST YOU WITH THIS REQUIREMENT.
IF YOU WANT TO SKIP THE INFORMATIONAL AND SIMPLY GO TO HOW WE CAN ASSIST YOU, WITH LIVE CLASSES, THEN CLICK HERE. ENGLISH AND SPANISH AVAILABLE.

INFORMATIONAL ON THE NEW LAW: SB602-THE CA FOOD CARD LAW
NOTE: NEW LAW that will REPLACE SB602, wich is SB303 to be effective as of JANUARY 1st, 2012. Please read this informational for further details.

FIRST OFF, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO READ THE LATEST QUESTION AND ANSWER SHEET, SET UP BY THE CALIFORNIA DEPT OF HEALTH. YOU CAN REVIEW THE LAW, AND ALSO THE UPDATED QUESTION AND ANSWER SHEET FOR BOTH SB602 AND SB303 ISSUED CA DEPT OF HEALTH, BY CLICKING HERE.  

(SB STANDS FOR SENATE BILL, AND THE NEW CALIFORNIA LAW IS SB602)
THE NEW Q&A (QUESTION AND ANSWER SHEET) CAN BE SEEN BY CLICKING HERE. IT WILL POP UP AS A PDF FILE. SAVE IT AS REFFERENCE MATERIAL FOR YOUR RECORDS. THIS Q&A WAS PREPARED BY THE CALIFORNIA DEPT OF HEALTH AND PROVIDED ON APRIL 13TH, 2011.

SPANISH LANGUAGE INFORMATIONAL ON SB602 CAN BE SEEN HERE

THE OFFICIAL SENATE BILL 602 CAN BE SEEN HERE. AND THE PROPOSED AMMENDMENT, ADDENDUM TO SB602 WHICH WOULD BE SB303 CAN BE SEEN HERE

YES, A CHANGE TO AN ALREADY NEW LAW. SO SOON? YOU MAY ASK.
THE ONLY DIFFERENCE SB303 WILL ADD OR CHANGE IS A VERY SIMPLE CHANGE. IT WILL REQUIRE THAT AS OF JANUARY 1ST, 2012, ALL FOOD CARDS HAVE AN ANSI NUMBER THAT IS : ASTM INTERNATIONAL 2659. OR SIMPLY : ASTM2659.

SO CURRENTLY, IN COMPLIANCE WITH SB602, ALL CALIFORNIA FOOD CARDS, (NRFSP, SERVSAFE, PROMETRIC) DO NOT HAVE THIS ANSI ACCREDITATION NUMBER. CURRENTLY THE BILL THAT IS LAW, IS SB602, DOES NOT REQUIRE THIS ANSI CERTIFICATION. IN EFFECT, WHAT WILL HAPPEN, IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE CURRENT LAW, AND WITH THE NEW BILL SOON TO BE SIGNED SB303, IS THAT CARDS CURRENTLY OBTAINED BEFORE JANUARY 1ST 2012 WILL BE HONORED THE FULL THREE YEARS, AFTER JANUARY 1ST 2012, WHEN IT IS BELIEVED SB303 WILL TAKE EFFECT.

SO AN EXAMPLE WOULD BE; IF THE INSPECTOR COMES INTO YOUR ESTABLISHMENT, DECEMBER 31ST, 2011 THAT IS THIS YEAR AND REQUESTS TO SEE YOUR CALIFORNIA FOOD CARD, BUT SEES NO ANSI ASTM2659 CERTIFICATE NUMBER ON THE CARD, YOU WILL NOT BE IN VIOLATION. ONLY ANYONE CERTIFYING AFTER JANUARY 1ST 2012 IS REQUIRED THAT THEIR CARD HAVE THIS NEW ACCREDITATION OF : ASTM 2659. HOW WILL THEY KNOW WHETHER YOU DID IT BEFORE JANUARY 2012? OR AFTER, BECAUSE THE CARDS, WILL HAVE THE DATE IF ISSUANCE. BECAUSE SB303 AS OF JANUARY 1ST 2012 WILL REQUIRE AN ANSI ACREDITATION NUMBER-
ASTM2659, ON ALL CALIFORNIA FOOD CARDS ISSUED. (AGAIN, IT IS ASSUMED, BY ALL THAT ARE CURRENT WITH THESE MATTERS THAT SB303 WILL PASS, IN A GIVEN CASE THAT FOR SOME ODD REASON, IT DOES NOT-HIGHLY, HIGHLY UNLIKELY, THEN THE WHOLE ANSI-ASTM2659 WILL BE A NON-ISSUE.)
ANSI ASTM2659 SIMPLY IS AN ADDITIONAL STANDARD, THE CONFERENCE FOR FOOD SAFETY, A NATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF FOOD SAFETY PROFFESIONALS. THIS CONSORTIUM FELT THIS ACREDITATION REQUIREMENT WOULD ADD MORE STRUCTURE, TO THE PROCESS, AS IT BRINGS IN MORE STANDARDS FOR THE PROVIDER OF THIS CARD. BEING THAT IT WILL BE A STATEWIDE REQUIREMENT, SENATORS FELT, IT A GOOD IDEA TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF PROTOCOL, TO THOSE APPROVED TO ISSUE THIS CARD. SO WHOMEVER PROVIDES THIS CARD WILL HAVE TO FILE SEPARATELY FOR THIS ACREDITATION, YES EVEN SERVSAFE, NRFSP, AND PROMETRIC, ALL THREE INSTITUTES WILL NEED TO FILE AND PETITION FOR A SEPARATE ACREDIATION FRO THIS CERTIFICATION. BUT THIS NUMBER WILL ONLY BE REQUIRED ON CARDS ISSUED AS OF JANUARY 1ST, 2012, ACCORDING TO THE CURRENT INFORMATION WE HAVE AT HAND. THIS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR LOCAL DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH FOR FURTHER UPDATES. WE WILL KEEP UPDATES POSTED AND CHANGE THIS INFORMATION AS SOON AS WE GET WIND OF ANY UPDATES. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REFER BACK TO THIS PAGE, OR BOOKMARK IT FOR YOUR FUTURE REFERENCE.

AS THE LAW STANDS NOW, SB602; THE ONLY THREE INSTITUTES, OR ORGANIZATIONS, RECOGNIZED TO PROVIDE THE CALIFORNIA FOOD CARD ARE THE THREE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:

1. SERVSAFE

2. NRFSP-NATIONAL REGISTRY OF FOOD SAFETY PROFESSIONALS

3. PROMETRIC

UNDER CURRENT LAW SB602, YOUR CALIFORNIA FOOD CARD SHOULD ONLY BE ISSUED BY ANY ONE OF THESE THREE APPROVED ASSESSMENT INSTITUTES. YOUR CARD MUST HAVE ANY ONE OF THESE PROVIDERS ON YOUR CA FOOD CARD RECEIVED. IF IT DOES NOT, IT WILL NOT BE IN COMPLIANCE. BE AWARE OF SCAMS. WE HAVE SEEN A FEW 'CERTIFICATES' THAT ARE NOT OFFICAL CARDS, JUST VOUCHERS THAT STATE THAT A COURSE HAS BEEN COMPLETED, ONLINE, ETC. BUT IT IS NOT AN OFFICIAL STATE APPROVED DOCUMENT. AGAIN, YOUR FOOD CARD MUST BE ISSUED, AND HAVE PRINTED ON IT, THE NAME OF ANY ONE OF THE THREE PROVIDERS AFORMENTIONED.

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WE (ASFTP) ARE AN APPROVED REPRESENTATIVE FOR ALL THREE INSTITUTES. ALTHOUGH, OUT OF THE THREE, ONLY SERVSAFE AND NATIONAL REGISTRY HAVE THE EXAM AND CERTIFICATE/CARD SYSTEM IN PLACE TO CATER OR ASSIST CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS WITH THIS REQUIREMENT. PROMETRIC, CURRENTLY DOES NOT OFFER ANY TYPE OF CALIFORNIA FOOD CARD CERTIFICATION, ALTHOUGH IT IS APPROVED TO DO SO. (UPDATE, PROMETRIC NOW HAS A LINK TO AN ONLINE COURSE THAT IS AVAILABLE ON THEIR WEBSITE. PLEASE BE ADVISED, THOUGH, THAT THIS LINK PROMETRIC PROVIDES FROM THEIR WEBSITE, ACTUALLY LEADS TO THE SERVSAFE WEBSITE, SO TECHNICALLY, PROMETRIC, TRULY DOES NOT OFFER A CA FOOD CARD CERTIFICATION AS OF YET, ONLY A LINK OR PORTAL TO SERVSAFES ONLINE COURSE, SO IT WOULD SEEM PROMETRIC HAS REFERAL FEE PER CLICK AGREEMENT WITH SERVSAFE, THIS IS THE LINK IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: PROMETRIC LINK TO CA FOOD CARD CERTIFICATION.)

THE LIVE INSTRUCTIONAL COURSE/TUTORIAL FOR THE CALIFORNIA FOOD CARD, IS STIPULATED, AND IS SPECIFIED, ACTUALLY PART OF THE BILL, THAT IT SHOULD TAKE MAX 2 HOURS INCLUDING THE TEST. THE TEST IS REQUIRED TO BE AT LEAST 40 QUESTIONS. AND SUBJECT MATTER COVERED SHOULD BE BASICS THAT ENLIGHTEN THE FOOD HANDLER ON PROPER FOOD SAFETY PRINCIPLES AND THUS LEADS TO GREATER PUBLIC AWARENESS, IN EFFECT, MORE EFFECTIVE PUBLIC PROCTECTION AGAINST POSSIBLE OUTBREAKS AND FOODBORNE ILLNESS. SO THE COURSE TYPICALLY SHOULD TAKE ABOUT AN HOUR AND HALF, PLUS THE ADDITIONAL 35-40 MINUTES FOR THE TEST, THAT IS IF YOU GIVE ABOUT 1 MINUTE PER QUESTION, AND THERE ARE 40 QUESTIONS TOTAL. THE CARD IS GOOD FOR THREE YEARS AFTER ISSUANCE, AND THE CARD HOLDER WILL NEED TO RENEW THEIR CARD CERTIFICATION, EVERY THREE YEARS, TO UPDATED ON ANY NEW FOOD SAFETY RELATED INFORMATION, MEANING THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO RE-TEST, EVERY THREE YEARS.

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