The Indiana Department of Health has issued new guidelines for food handling in Indiana. As of Jan. 1, 2005, the state will require at least one person per food establishment, who oversees food safety operations, to be a Certified Food Handler. This means personnel will need to pass an examination that meets the Conference for Food Protection standards. A business that serves food will have to have a certified food handler present whenever the business is open.
Training is available.
Safe Food Handlers Corporation has trained more than 20,000 food service professionals in over 10,000 companies and has a reputation of providing quality education at affordable prices and convenient location. They have a 96 percent passing rate and an 88 percent average score.
A one-day Comprehensive Food Service Sanitation course covers personal hygiene, safe methods of food handling, food preparation, food storage and prevention of food-born illness. Persons that pass the National Registry examination will receive a five-year certification. The one-day course is normally held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the National Registry Examination given at 3 p.m.
If an individual is unable to attend a course on site, it will be offered as home study. Individuals will receive a booklet of required course information and at their convenience visit a local testing location and be allowed to take the exam. The cost of the home study is $99 dollars.
Another course method is an online version. But students will have to visit the nearest testing center in order to take the examination. This method of taking the course cost's $129 dollars.
The course is also offered as an on site experience for groups of 10 or more people. Safe Food Handlers Corporation needs to be contacted for more information and pricing of this method.
The closest testing center for the Brazil area is located in Terre Haute. Other test center locations are in Bloomington, Plainfield, and Indianapolis.