Food Worker License & ServSafe Course Requirements
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Marion County Commissioners in 1995 adopted a food ordinance for the county. This ordinance was revised in 2000 to address training of food workers.
The dining public expects safe food. Marion County food establishments work to meet these expectations. Food workers are an essential part of food safety. Marion County Health Department and Home Health Agency is committed to serving the public interest in reducing the risk of food borne illness. Food safety education of food workers is one tool used to reduce the risk of food borne illness.
A person-in-charge is defined in the food ordinance as: The individual present at a food establishment who is responsible for the operation at the time of inspection. The person-in-charge is required to receive certification of completion of a food safety course approved by the regulatory authority or have been certified by an accredited program. The Hannibal Career and Technical Center (HCTC) is currently providing the Serv Safe food safety course which meets the requirements for the person-in-charge. Contact HCTC at 573-221-4430 regarding class schedule, fees, and to reserve a spot. Exceptions to this are low risk food establishments with minimal food preparation as determined by the health authority. The person-in-charge of these establishments will still be required to obtain a Marion County Food Handler Card.
A food worker is defined in the food ordinance as: An individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment, or utensils, or food contact surfaces. All food workers are required to receive certification of completion of food safety training approved by the regulatory authority. The Marion County Health Department offers a “Food Safety Works” manual as a study guide for food workers and offers testing once a month, usually Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.. Call the health department at 573-221-1166 to reserve a seat. Once a passing score on the exam is received a Food Handler Card will be issued for $10 and is good for 3 years. The exam is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. The test may be administered at the food establishment on a case by case basis. Exceptions to this are persons-in-charge and food workers of temporary food stands when approved by the regulatory authority.
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