TCS food is food that requires time-temperature control to prevent the growth of microorganisms and the production of toxins. These foods contains moisture and protein and has a neutral or slightly acidic pH. Most bacteria need nutrients such as carbohydrates or proteins to survive.

Inadequate food temperature controls are the most common factor contributing to outbreaks of foodborne disease. Disease causing bacteria grow particularly well in foods high in protein such as:

  1. Meats
  2. Poultry
  3. Seafood
  4. Eggs
  5. Dairy Products
  6. Cooked Vegetables
  7. Cooked Cereal Grains

Food Handler Danger ZoneBecause of the high potential for rapid bacterial growth in these foods they are known as “TCS” foods. Food Handler need to pay additional attention when prepping, cooking, and storing all TCS Foods.

TCS Foods must be held either above 135°F or below 41°F to limit pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation.



California RBS Training

The California Department of Public Health Food Handler’s Card

 The California Department of Public Health Food Handler’s Card The state of California recommends that individuals work in restaurants and non-restaurant facilities to complete food handing training. A California food handler card is valid everywhere in California except in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties which have pre-existing local food handler card programs. Consult with the local enforcement agencies in each of these counties to obtain information on their local food handler programs and requirements. Once you have finished your course, you may print out your certificate of completion. This certificate will serve as your California Food Handler’s Card that qualifies you to work in the food service industry in California.

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California food workers who handle food must have a California Food Handler card on file with their employer within 30 days of hire. To get your card, you must complete the training and pass the exam with a 75 percent or higher. You can complete the training online with ACE Food Handler. Ace Food Handler training and final exam meets the requirements of California’s food safety law SB 602 and is ANSI Approved.   12-20-2017 . California Department of Public Health – Food and Drug Branch 1500 Capitol Ave, MS 7602 Sacramento, CA 95814

 

California Food Handler

California Department of Public Health – Food and Drug Branch

1500 Capitol Ave, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95814