Are you checking the manufacturers expiration dates on the product you are receiving in your restaurant, from your home delivery or grocery pick-up to ensure it is not “out of date” (OOD)?

Our supply lines have forever changed based on what and how we eat in restaurants (I use “eating in” loosely I should probably say from) these days. 

Distributors have to worry about rotating product (known as FIFO or First in First Out in the restaurant industry) but food distributors also have to discard out of date product (OOD).

ACE Food Handler cannot stress how important it is to be checking the manufacturers

“use by date…”

“best if used by date…”

“expiration date..”

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on all incoming product when it arrives at your back door, or your front door for groceries delivered to yourr home. If it is from your food distributor, produce company, or beer/wine/spirits distributor you need to check the dates.

I know you have a lot going on with the every changing COVID landscape but do not forget about the basics of food safety and having quality food that is still inside of its manufacture recommended shelf life.

Checking food expiration dates daily is important to

  • Food cost
    • You can reduce potential waste by returning the OOD product
    • Rotating your product to ensure you are using the oldest product first will reduce your waste – FIFO
    • Run a Managers Special if you have a product approaching the end of its shelf life
  • Restaurant Management
    • Knowing what products are in your restaurant is important
      • It can help reduce shrinkage
      • It will help you order appropriately
      • It will help with cash flow and budgeting by not having a ton of unused product on the shelf tying up money.

These are the times you need to make sure every penny you spend has a purpose and is spent in way that supports the survival of your business.

With all the craziness of the restaurant business that has been exponentially multiplied by COVID you need to stay on top of basic food safety and food handling principals to ensure the safety of your staff and the general public that your serve.


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ACE Food Handler's food handlers card training and test uses the latest instructional design techniques to help you retain food safety concepts so you are ready to work.

The description below applies to most of our  food handlers card training course, however due to the varying array of requirements across the nation, your course might be a little different. Find your state county and city above to learn more about food handler training for your area.

Format: Online
Compatible Devices:  Phones, tablets, laptops, desktops
Teaching Methods: Videos, audio, text slides, interactive activities
Available Languages: English and some courses are available in Spanish
Choose your language after purchase.
Length: Approximately 90 minutes

ACE Food Handler’s food handlers card course is approved by numerous state, county, and city  health departments and/or regulatory agencies nationwide. ACE Food Handler holds the ANSI Certificate Program Accreditation (ASTM e2659-2015) Accreditation ID 1234.

The purpose of the food handlers card training and test is to prepare food handlers to enter the workforce by providing the required food safety information as specified by regulations of the workers’ state, county, or city government.

This food handler training and test will prepare you to become a responsible food handler, with the added responsibility of protecting the health of the general public and all the customers you serve.

Food Handler Course Content:

  • Food Safety Definitions
  • Food Safety Behaviors
  • Approved Reputable Suppliers
  • Proper Holding and Cooking Temperatures
  • Consumer Advisories
  • Food Safety Illnesses and Hygiene
  • Food Safety Cross Contamination
  • Proper Thawing and Cooling Techniques
  • Wash-Rinse-Sanitize
  • Food  Handlers and Pest Control





Frequently Asked Questions

What is a food handlers card?

A food handlers card (also commonly referred to as a certificate, card, or permit)  is used as  documentation to prove to employers and/or health departments that you have completed a food safety course that is approved and/or recognized by your city, coutny, or state Health Authority. It is valid for 2 to 4 years depending on your local government requirments.

When do I need to get my food handlers card?

This varies by employeers and city, county, and state governements. It is best to ask your employer (current or future) or Local Health Authority about when you will need to aquire your food handler card based on your employement date.

Is this food handler training and test valid in my area?

ACE Food Handler works with numberjous health departments and regulatory agencies across the country.  ACE Food Handler’s food handlers card courses are created to meet the requirements of specific city, coutny, and state requirements. If you have questions about your city, county or state requirements please call your employer (current or future) and/or you Local Health Authority.

What do I get when I finish this course?

A food handlers card, permit, or certificate for your area. You will be able to print or download your food handler certificate after you have received a passing score on the final exam. You will also be emailed a PDF a copy of your certificate to the email address you provided so please check your inbox and/or spam box also. 

How long is my food handlers card valid for?
Your ACE Food Handler Card is valid for 2 to 4 years depending on your local government requirments.
How do I renew my food handlers card?
If your food handlers card, certicate, or permit has expired, you will need to purchase a new course for your state and retake your states food handler training and test to get our new card.  Click here to find your State.

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Renew Certificate

If your food handlers card, certificate, or permit has expired, you will need to purchase a new course for your state and retake your states food handler training and test to get your new card. Click here to find your State

Reprint Certificate

If you need to reprint your current card, login and go to the Start My Course. From there, you can click on the name of your Certificate under the heading "My Certificates"  on the right hand side of the screen and print or download your food handler or alcohol seller/server card or certificate for free.

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Some Sates require an additional official documentation from your Local Health Department or Alcohol Control Board. If you have lost the card you received from your state, county, Local Health Department, or State Alcohol Control Board  you will need to call that specific department to obtain a new card, permit, or certificate.

If you need to track your employees or restaurants food handler certifications we offer:

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