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(A) All food handlers who operate within the city shall be required to obtain a food handlers permit.
(B) It shall be unlawful for any person who operates a food establishment for profit in the city to hire or permit to be hired or permit to work gratis, any person serving or preparing food or handling food utensils who does not possess a current and unrevoked food handler's permit approved by the Director.
(1) Application for such a permit must be made to the Director by such person. The applicant must attend and meet any requirements established for a course of instruction presented by the Rogers County Health Department and approved by the Director in the sanitary practice of food preparation, service and personal hygiene. An applicant may be approved by the Director for a permit if he or she has satisfactorily attended and met requirements established for the course of instruction in another county or can show proof of completion of such a course that is acceptable to the Director.
(2) Upon approval of the application by the Director, the Rogers County Health Department shall issue on behalf of the city a food handlers permit to said person; provided that, there shall be collected a fee of $5 from each person attending the course of instruction in food preparation, service, and personal hygiene. The permit shall entitle such person to work in a food establishment during the 24 months following the date on which said permit is issued.
(3) The Director is hereby authorized to issue temporary permits permitting said applicant to work in a food service establishment until the next regular course of instruction in the sanitary practices of food service and preparation is conducted; provided, however, such temporary permits shall expire on the day the above-mentioned course of instruction begins.
(C) It shall be unlawful for any person to serve, prepare food or handle food utensils in a food establishment, except as otherwise provided for herein, who cannot immediately exhibit a current and unrevoked food handler's permit approved by the Director.
(D) A food handler permit shall not be required of a non-paid person to prepare or serve food for a non-profit civic, charitable, or religious organization.
(Ord. 97-19, passed 9-2-97) Penalty, see § 10.99