Restaurants and Food Service are Vital to California’s Economy
Restaurants are an important driving force in California’s economy. They provide food service jobs and build careers for thousands of people, and play a vital role in all communities throughout the state. Food service safety training is key to keep this economy growing.
According the National Restaurant Association, California has approximately 69,900 Food and Beverage serving locations, with an annual spend of greater than $82.2B and over 1,718,000 restaurant/bar jobs. California is expected to see 10.6% job growth over the next 10 years, well above the industry average.
Source: California Restaurant Industry at a Glance (PDF)
- As of July 1, 2011, SB 602 requires, every California Food Handler who is involved in the preparation, storage, or service of food in a food facility has to take a California state-certified food handler course and pass an authorized test.
- The SB 303 bill made technical changes to the Food Handler Card Law that required training providers to be accredited through American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
- Other requirements vary by city and county – specifically Riverside and San Bernardino County – which have local food handler card programs.
- San Diego County recently approved changes to accept our Learn2Serve training.