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FRLA announces online foodhandler training for hospitality industry workers

October 24, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association President/CEO Carol Dover today announced the first ever Online Foodhandler Training program for hospitality industry workers. Foodhandler Training, a requirement by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for employees working in Florida's over 45,000 restaurants, has traditionally been offered in a group or one-on-one setting. This new online feature allows a more convenient and flexible option for this mandatory training.

"The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is proud to offer an online training option to Florida's nearly one million food service employees in order to keep residents and tourists safe throughout their dining experience," said Carol Dover, President/CEO of the state's largest hospitality industry association. "In today's technologically advanced society, it was incumbent upon us to provide cutting edge tools to allow for convenient and comprehensive instruction via the Internet."

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation recognizes the FRLA as its contracted provider through the SafeStaff program. FRLAs SafeStaff Education & Training program is Florida's restaurateur's source for quality products and services to educate employees and meet regulatory compliance standards for Food Manager Certification and Employee Foodhandler Training.

Upon employment in a DBPR licensed foodservice operation, an employee has 60 days to be trained. Any food service establishment employee who receives, prepares, stores, or serves food, or handles food contact surfaces, must complete this training. The online cost for each restaurant employee is $14.95. FRLA members enjoy significant discounts on educational products and services.

Once the restaurant employee completes the online training course, a certificate of completion is awarded. The certificate is valid for three years and the individual may reprint this certificate as needed.

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