Food Safety News and Alerts
The Jefferson County Board of Health has adopted a reinspection fee of $75.00. This fee is intended to recover some of the Jefferson County Health Department’s (JCHD’s) costs when non-compliance or incomplete work requires follow-up inspections by the JCHD. The reinspection fee should not be construed as a civil penalty (fine) or punitive measure. For full details you can view or download the handout below:
Reinspection Fee Handout
Beginning in February 2020 we will only be issuing food handlers’ cards on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00 AM and from 1:00-3:30 PM. For full details on how to get your card please visit our food handler page.
Restaurant and retail food managers may be interested in these free posters and other educational materials on the FDA’s website: https://www.fda.gov/food/retail-food-industryregulatory-assistance-training/retail-food-protection-industry-educational-materials These materials are available in multiple languages. You can download and print them yourself or order copies by filling out a publication request form.
This link will also be available on our Food Safety page and Resources page.
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.
Model Policy - Response to Vomiting and Diarrheal Incidents
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.
Local Rules, Policies, Procedures revised August 2019
Public comments on this revision may be emailed to JeffersonLHD@wv.gov or mailed to 1948 Wiltshire Road, Suite 1, Kearneysville, WV 25430.
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 only. Please 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.
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**
RENEWAL TEST INFORMATION FOR FOOD HANDLERS
Food Handler Guidelines and Training Booklet
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.
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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