The owner, operator or other responsible individual of any retail food establishment engaged in the delivery, storage, preparation, processing and service of food products must annually attend a food handlers' training course offered by the Dover Health Department. The Health Officer shall also grant reciprocity to other training courses determined to be equivalent to the course given by the Dover Health Department.
The Dover Health Department shall conduct an annual food handlers' course training program. Additional courses to address specific needs, complaints or continued violations of a sanitary nature may be ordered by the Health Officer. All courses shall conform to the provisions of Chapter XII of the State Sanitary Code for the proper sanitary practices against nuisances hazardous to health.
Non-English-speaking employees attending a food handlers' course, as required, must be accompanied by a person competent in the interpretation of the language to the food handler. The examination may be provided or altered at the discretion of the Health Officer.
No new retail food establishment or existing retail food establishment which has changed ownership shall operate for more than six months without having the owner, operator or other responsible individual employed in that establishment attend a food handlers' training course.
The Dover Health Department finds that certain public or semipublic food services pose a minimal risk due to the lack of attendance at the food handlers' training course because of the unique or limited nature of the food handling and preparation or the infrequency of said events. Exemptions include, but are not limited to, agricultural markets and temporary events such as public or semipublic covered dish suppers and routine meal functions of religious, nonprofit or charitable institutions.