The latest news from the California Restaurant Association (CRA) from this foodservice expert is about the priority to get your workers up to speed and trained on the new food handling certification card required by law that started in July 2011. According to CRA, health inspectors in several counties are starting to visit restaurant establishments to check on whether food handling employees are in compliance. Here are some excerpts from the CRA to help you and your food service operation: “The California Restaurant Association (CRA) has learned that some county health inspectors may begin enforcing the California Food Handler Card law and issuing penalties in their next round of inspections, which may begin sooner than the new year. If you have not done so, please take an internal audit of your HR files and provide this Getting Started document to non-compliant employees.” You or your foodservice expert can download it here. “To comply with the law, direct employees to the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe® California Food Handler Card online program as soon as possible to take the required food safety training. Employees will obtain a card by passing the exam with a score of 70 percent or better. Employers must maintain records documenting that each food handler employed by the facility has a valid food handler certificate and can provide those records to the local enforcement officer upon request.” Here is the restaurant advisory link on the program available from the NRA. Need other restaurant consulting services advice? Be sure to subscribe to our blog and newsletter and get the latest industry updates and more. Has your restaurant or food and beverage establishment recently been inspected to determine if your employees have their food handling cards? What if any problems did you incur that can be shared with this foodservice expert and our readers? Please post your comments.