Food Handlers Cards

Program Administrator:
Humberto Garcia Jr.
hgarcia@csusm.edu
(760) 750-4511

Having an event on campus that will be serving food?  CSUSM requires that two people at the booth possess a San Diego County Food Handlers Card at all times.  Failure to show proof of a valid San Diego County Food Handlers Card, or if unsafe health or sanitary conditions are visible  during an inspection is cause for RM&S to immediately cease the selling or serving  of food until the issue is corrected.

The question is, do YOU need a Food Handlers Card? If you:

  • Will you be serving prepackaged cookies, brownies or donuts that were purchased from a supermarket? (example, Ralphs, Vons, Costco)
  • Will you be serving bottled water, orange juice or soft drinks that were purchased from a supermarket?
  • Will you be serving food that is purchased or obtained from a food permitted facility and is individually wrapped?  (Example, selling/serving premade burritos from Mr. Taco, slices of pizza from Costco or sandwiches from Subway)

NO, You do not need a San Diego County Food Handlers Card.


Otherwise, if you:

  • Will you be selling/serving nachos using a Crockpot to heat the cheese, or a blender to make a smoothie?
  • Will you be selling/serving hamburgers, bratwurst, hot dogs or carne asada tacos that will involve cooking the items while on campus?

YES, You are required to possess a San Diego County Food Handlers Card to serve food on campus.

Where can I obtain a San Diego Food Handlers card?
A San Diego Food Handlers Card can be obtained an a variety of locations in San Diego County.  At this time, RM&S arranges for the San Diego Health and Nutrition office to come to campus to give the training course.  They are authorized by the County of San Diego Health department to administer the training.  A minimum of nine (9) people are needed to arrange for a course on-site.  The cost is currently $23, and is paid to the San Diego Health and Nutrition office.  The course normally is three (3) hours in length. 

If a smaller group wishes to take the course, there are other locations that the class is taught throughout the county by the San Diego Health and Nutrition office.  Additionally, other options to take the course are available on the County of San Diego Food handler Program web page.

If there are any questions, please contact RM&S at (760) 750-4502