Food Handler Requirements in Prime Resort Areas

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  • 2:08 Las Vegas Food Requirements
  • 2:46 Miami Food Requirements
  • 3:29 New York City Requirements
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Instructor: Kat Kadian-Baumeyer

Kat has taught college Management and Hospitality Management and has a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership and Management

While state requirements differ, this lesson will investigate the foodservice handler requirements and certifications in prime resort areas, like Las Vegas, Miami, and New York City.

General Food Service Requirements

Let's face it. Eating at a restaurant can be risky if non-trained employees handling your food and the restaurant do not have proper planning and training in place to prevent events like cross-contamination of foods, temperature controls, and proper storage techniques.

One way a restaurant manager can avoid mishaps that can make a guest sick is to develop a HACCP Plan, or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Plan. This is a plan that examines the restaurant's handling and processing of food and makes recommendations to avoid risks of contamination and unsafe food handling.

Following the local laws and health department requirements is another way to mitigate risk. Because local health departments set the requirements, we are going to look at three major resort areas to check out the requirements to prepare and serve food in a restaurant.

Positions That May Require Licensing

With all of the staff who comes in contact with your entree, it is important to know which staffers require licensing to handle food. Here's a quick rundown of typical certification types. Later on, we'll discuss the specific requirements for each position in a particular destination.

A Food Protection Manager is qualified after studying and taking a test to be certified to supervise individuals in the food service industry. He or she will learn about basic food safety guidelines, proper temperature controls, sanitation, pest control, preparation and service of food, contaminants, and prevention of foodborne illnesses.

For non-management employees, one may take a Food Handler's Certification. This is a less intensive form of certification training because the food handler will likely work under a Food Protection Manager. The Food Handler's Certification involves mastery of information like food safety, storage, prep, and handling of raw and cooked food concerning temperature control and proper placement on cooler shelves and in the kitchen.

Let's take a look at specific requirements for three popular vacation destinations.

Las Vegas Food Requirements

Everyone dreams of a trip to Las Vegas for the gambling and the mile-long buffets. While you are enjoying the mountains of roast beef and macaroni and cheese, rest assured that the Clark County, Nevada, Health Officials require a chef who prepared your food to go through rigorous requirements to qualify for the job.

Clark County Health Officials requires that restaurant managers hold a Food Protection Manager Certification. The Food Protection Manager must renew his or her certification every five years. In fact, any person involved in handling food must hold a Food Handler's Certification, also renewable every five years.

Miami Food Requirements

When we think about Miami Beach, one of the first things that comes to mind is stone crab, Cuban sandwiches, and tropical drinks. With an impressive 15.5 million visitors yearly, Miami Beach, located in Miami-Dade County, takes its food scene seriously.

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