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Model Policy for Food Establishments – Response to Vomiting and Diarrheal Incidents

Jefferson County Health Department sanitarians are continuing education on and compliance with the newly implemented FDA Food Code. One of the changes from the previous code is that food establishments must have a policy and procedure for clean-up after incidents involving vomiting or diarrhea. An example policy that can be printed and edited for your establishment is below.

Revision of Local Rules, Policies, and Procedures

The Board of Health has made the following revision of their Local Rules, Policies, and Procedures to align with state regulations:

4.2 – Training and Certification of Food Protection Managers and Food Handlers

 Food Protection Managers – Effective January 1August 30, 2019, whenever food is being prepared or served in a food establishment (including temporary food establishments), the “person in charge” on the premises shall be a currently certified Food Protection Manager through one of the ANSI/CFP-accredited Food Protection Manager certification programs. A waiver of this requirement may be made for retail food facilities where only commercially prepackaged food is handled and sold and temporary food vendors serving only prepackaged foods if they possess a current Jefferson County or West Virginia statewide food handler card.

 Food Handlers – Effective January 1, 2019, every food handler in Jefferson County shall possess a food handler card issued by the Jefferson County Health Department or a statewide food handler’s card issued by another West Virginia jurisdiction. A food handler card shall not be issued unless the person has completed either a food handler training course conducted by the Jefferson County Health Department or an online ANSI-accredited food handler training course within the previous 30 days.

Public comments on this revision may be emailed to JeffersonLHD@wv.gov or mailed to 1948 Wiltshire Road, Suite 1, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

Update on Food Handler Card Renewals

Effective April 1, 2019
Food handlers that possess a current, non-expired food handler card will be able to attend a proctored food handler test, in order to obtain their required food training certificate, rather than attending the food handler class and testing.

What this means:
If a food handler has a current, non-expired food handler card, he or she may read the food handler training booklet and then sign up to attend a proctored food handler test. Each person attending the class must provide their valid, non-expired food card, a photo ID, and sign a provided waiver stating they have read and understood the provided study materials. Upon achieving a passing grade, the food handler will then be issued a food training certificate, which he or she may use to obtain their food handler card during regular food handler card processing days.

What happens if you should not pass the renewal test?
Any persons that attends the proctored test and does not receive a passing grade, will be required to attend Jefferson County Health Departments’ Food Handler Training Class and receive a passing test grade before obtaining their food handler card.

How do I sign up?
Renewal tests are by appointment onlyPlease visit our calendar to determine which test date and time suits your schedule. Once you have read the study materials and select a renewal test date, you may then call 304-728-8416 extension 3021 or 3037 to schedule your appointment.

Information we will need to schedule your appointment:
We will need your first and last name, contact number, and place of employment to schedule your appointment.

IMPORTANT:
You must bring your current, non-expired food handler card, valid photo ID, and sign our statement of understanding (provided during your appointment) to participate in the renewal testing

**Our office is working very diligently to offer our class and renewal test option for those who speak Spanish, but currently our office is only able to offer our class and renewal test in English. We apologize for the delay, as our translators are thoroughly working on this**

Updated Food Safety Requirements for 2019

Food Protection Managers – Effective January 1, 2019, whenever food is being prepared or served in food establishment (including temporary food establishments), the “person in charge” on the premises shall be a currently certified Food Protection Manager through one of the ANSI/CFP-accredited Food Protection Manager certification programs. Please note, the exam is separate from the online training courses and is proctored. A waiver of this requirement may be made for temporary food vendors serving only prepackaged foods if they possess a current Jefferson County or West Virginia statewide food handler card.

 

Food Handlers – Effective January 1, 2019, every food handler in Jefferson County shall possess a current food handler card issued by the Jefferson County Health Department or a current statewide food handler card issued by another West Virginia jurisdiction.  A food handler card shall not be issued unless the person has completed either a food handler training course conducted by the Jefferson County Health Department or an online ANSI-accredited food handler training course (choose any ONE course on the linked page). You must provide a copy of your food handler course completion, to obtain a Jefferson County Health Department Food Handler Card and show a valid ID.

Click here for food handler training class dates and times

You must pre-register for these classes, as there is limited space. Please contact the environmental health department at 304-728-8416 to register.

Please allow ample time to complete the class, test, and obtain your food handler card. This process typically takes two hours (9:00-11:00am). We ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes before the class begins to sign in, as class will begin at 9:00am sharp. Classes are held at 1948 Wiltshire Road Entrance B Kearneysville WV 25430.

The class and test are currently only offered in English

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Upcoming Board Meetings

Oct
11
Fri
9:00 am Board of Health Meeting @ Jefferson County Public Services Building
Board of Health Meeting @ Jefferson County Public Services Building
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Board of Health Meeting @ Jefferson County Public Services Building | Kearneysville | West Virginia | United States
Click here to view the meeting agenda.
Nov
8
Fri
9:00 am Board of Health Meeting @ Jefferson County Public Services Building
Board of Health Meeting @ Jefferson County Public Services Building
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Board of Health Meeting @ Jefferson County Public Services Building | Kearneysville | West Virginia | United States
Click here to view the meeting agenda.
Dec
13
Fri
9:00 am Board of Health Meeting @ Jefferson County Public Services Building
Board of Health Meeting @ Jefferson County Public Services Building
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Board of Health Meeting @ Jefferson County Public Services Building | Kearneysville | West Virginia | United States
Click here to view the meeting agenda.

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