Food Manager ClassesSafety cooking temperatures are vital to know when preparing ground beef since they ensure your food is safe to consume and deliciously package with the help of a professional cook! 

However, people prefer their meat cooked in different degrees, which is directly proportional to the safety temperature of the beef. A food thermometer can tell you if it is safe to eat or not. California Restaurants are required to have a disclaimer on their menus as to the possible dangers of eating under cooked meat products. The State of California also requires that anyone who prepares or serves food but have completed an ANSI Accredited California Food Handler Training Course.

What Is Ground Beef?

Ground beef is one of the most popular and convenient meats preferred in many families. It is an excellent meal option, including burgers, casseroles, and stews. Like any other meat, one must cook ground beef thoroughly before consumption.


Ground beef is safe to eat when it achieves a minimum internal temperature of 155°F.


ACE Food Handler - Minimum Internal Cooking Temperatures

                 ACE Food Handler – Minimum Internal Cooking Temperatures


Why Should You Be Concerned About Beef Cooking Temperature?

We should be concerned about the internal cooking temperature because of bacteria multiplication in specific settings. Even if we don’t see bacteria, it exists; it’s all around us.

Your favorite California restaurant is required by state law to have Certified California Food Handler Training for anyone that cook or serves food.


Also, bacteria have a comfort zone in food; due to moisture, time, and temperatures, they multiply rapidly, growing in number to the point where some may cause illness.


Testing Your Beef Temperature 

An instant-read thermometer is the most refined technique to assess the temperature of ground beef. Avoid exposure to hazardous microorganisms that can make you sick if the interior temperature surpasses 155°F.


Because hazardous germs can present on the surface of a piece of beef, when it is pulverized, they can spread to other parts of the meat. Before consumption, ensure all portions of ground beef are: 

  1. Adequately cooked to a minimum temperature of 155°F.
  2. Losing its texture with the absorption of too much liquid.
  3. All hazardous bacteria and other microorganisms are removed through roasting or other methods at the best temperature.


Killing Bacteria in Ground Beef 

You cannot kill the bacteria by freezing ground beef. Instead, the bacteria will remain dormant while the meat is frozen and becomes active once thawed. Cooking ground beef to an internal temperature of 155°F is the only way to destroy the germs.

Ground Beef Cooking Tips 

Ground beef is simple to prepare and takes about five minutes per pound of meat to cook. You can use a nonstick frying pan or a skillet with a bit of oil:

  • Stir the beef frequently to ensure that all meat parts are cooked equally. 
  • If you’re grilling burgers, wrap them in foil and transfer them to the cooler side of the grill once they’re done.
  • A 20 percent fat ground beef is a good choice. The fat gives the meat taste and keeps it juicy.


One of the steps you can take to protect your family’s health is to ensure that your meat is cooked to the proper temperature. Also, maintaining the correct internal temperature while taking precautions such as:

  1. Surface cleaning
  2. Frequent hand washing  
  3. And keeping beef separated from other foods to avoid cross-contamination. 

Keeping any leftover cooked meat refrigerated within two hours following cooking is also crucial to ensure food safety.

Proper handwashing procedures will also help reduce the possibility of foodborne illness. You should wash your hands before you start to work with food products and again if you do any of the following

How Food Handlers Contaminate Foods

          How Food Handlers Contaminate Foods

ACE Food Handler offers an ANSI Accredited California Food Handler Training Course for professional and home cooks.

Easily test and obtain a California Food Handler Card

ACE Food Handler Food Safety Training Solutions makes obtaining a California Food Handler Card simple. Those working in the food handling industry in all California counties except Riverside or San Bernardino counties can access an ANSI-approved test with just an internet connection. The test is available on both computer and even mobile, allowing food handler employees to easily complete the test and give the card to their employer within the required 30 days after hire. The ACE Food Handler Card test meets all the requirements of food safety law SB 602, qualifying an employee to work in the food handling industry in the state of California.


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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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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.

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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.

More Details

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


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Sacramento, CA 95814

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