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Attorney General: eFoodHandler certificates worthless

Locals must obtain food handling card from health department

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington attorney general’s office says food handler certificates issued through the eFoodhandlers website are not valid in the state.

Food service workers should obtain a food worker card from their local health department office. The Tacoma-Pierce County health department is the only one in the state approved for online training and certification. The Spokane Regional Health District offers food worker cards online, using the Tacoma-Pierce County system, that are valid in Spokane County, officials said.

About 11,000 people in Washington with a permit from eFoodhandlers must take an exam for a permit from an authorized source.

The attorney general’s office said Monday those people will receive restitution from eFoodhandlers. Under a settlement with the state, they should receive refunds by September in the mail. Most checks are under $20 and the total is about $120,000.

An email requesting eFoodhanlders’ comment on the settlement was sent through its website.



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