New Illinois Food Handler Law Effective July 1, 2014 – Premier Food Safety Offers ANSI-Approved Online Food Handler Card Training Program

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According to the new law, food handlers who are employed by restaurants are now required to complete an Illinois Food Handler Card Training or comparable basic food safety training program from an approved provider. Premier Food Safety offers an accredited and convenient online training option to help food handlers meet this requirement.

Effective July 1, 2014, food handlers employed by restaurants are required to complete an Illinois Food Handler Card Training or comparable program in basic food safety principles from an approved provider, which includes ANSI-accredited training organizations. This mandate was initiated in August 2013 when Illinois successfully passed SB1495, an amendment to the Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act, with an intent to improve the safety of food to the public. This requirement does not apply to those who already hold a food service sanitation manager certificate.

The food handler training certificate must be renewed every 3 years and new hire staff must complete this training within 30 days of beginning employment. For clarification, this law has defined restaurants as those businesses 'primarily engaged in the sale of ready-to-eat food for immediate consumption' where 'primarily engaged' means that at least 51% of total sales are derived from such ready-to-eat food.

For additional guidelines regarding this new law, including treatment for non-restaurant food handlers as well as more specific timelines, please refer to Illinois SB1495 and the Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act.

In addition to Illinois, other states have implemented a similar approach to food handler training requirements at a statewide level. For example, in September 2011, the State of California passed the updated food handler law based on SB 303. Premier Food Safety was a member of the original task force committee for that initiative, and was actively involved in getting the law to be more clearly written for the scope of the intended food handler audience.

“Premier is pleased to offer the food handlers of Illinois an exceptional and cost-effective online training experience for this program. Based on the great feedback we've received so far, we're confident that learners will find our online solution to be simple and effective,” said Korey Chong, VP of Product Development for Premier Food Safety.

The Illinois Food Handler Card online training is based on an interactive and educational program offered in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese for as low as $6.95 per person. For more information on the training program, please visit our website.

About Premier Food Safety:
Premier Food Safety is a leading provider of Food Handler Card Training and Food Manager Certification Training with over 35 years of experience. Premier has successfully trained over 400,000 food handlers and food managers ranging from small businesses to large corporations as well as for government agencies across the United States, and offers training in up to 5 different languages. For more information, visit or call 800-676-3121.

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