CALIFORNIA Food Handlers


eFoodHandlers® CALIFORNIA Basic Food Safety

The purpose of this course is to expose California food handlers to important Food Safety concepts. This course is not intended to train microbiologists or sanitarians, but to instill a basic understanding and to create sensitivity and awareness toward critical food safety concepts (e.g. hand washing, cross-contamination, temperature control, etc).

This is a basic concepts course for California and should not be confused with the Manager's Course that is required for the 'Person In Charge' in many states. If you have questions about what course is required for your jurisdiction and job classification, we recommend you contact your local Environmental Health department. They are also a good resource for information surrounding your unique food handling and preparation situation.

California Policy
eFoodHandlers ANSI-Accredited Basic Food Safety Program is approved by the State of California in all counties except San Bernadino & Riverside Counties.

eFoodhandlers Basic
Food Safety #1035

California Food Handler Law FAQs

1. Who must have a California food handler card?

Most restaurant positions are subject to the California Food Handler Card Law. Individuals involved in the preparation, storage or service of food in a food facility.

For exceptions, please see:

State Rules Link:

Main Course Topics

  • Employee Illness
  • Handwashing
  • Your Role in Helping Prevent Foodborne Illness
  • The Rose of Management in Helping Prevent Foodborne Illness
  • Foodborne Illness
  • Temperature Control
  • Final Cooking Temperature
  • Contamination and Cross Contamination
  • Your Own Health Comes First

Important: Refer to Basic Requirements Overview. If you have questions about what training is appropriate for
your job within your California jurisdiction, contact your local Environmental Health department.


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