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Aug 22

Updated Health Code Laws

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 3:46 PM by Katie Stamy

Starting on September 1, the Texas Department of State Health Services will require any employee working with unpackaged food, food equipment, utensils, or food-contact surfaces to obtain a food handler card or certificate. This could include hostesses, servers, bartenders, and kitchen staff.

Previously the food handler laws were left to local health departments. According to Webster Environmental Health Inspector Heather Furst, the new provision is another step in preventing foodborne illnesses and will increase the overall food service quality and knowledge of employees working in food establishments.

Current food employees must have the two-hour training completed by Sept. 1, and any employee hired following that date will have 60 days to take a class. 

Other modifications made to the Food Establishment Rules include: Food Handler Certificates to be located on site, Certified Food Protection Manager to be on site for each licensed establishment, and Certified Food Protection Manager certificates posted conspicuously at each location. 

For more information on the new food handler laws, visit www.dshs.state.tx.us.