[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Marple 5-8-1972 by Ord. No. 72-7 (Ch. 48 of the 1971 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and the enforcement of this chapter:
- FOOD VENDING ESTABLISHMENT
- Restaurants, Itinerant Restaurants and Food Vendors, as defined in Marple Township Ordinance No. 61-5, enacted March 13, 1961, and specifically to include grocery, delicatessen and confectionery stores, department stores, markets, bakery shops and all other establishments where food, food products or drink is furnished or sold for human consumption.
- Any employee, manager or operator of a food vending establishment who handles food or drink, or the utensils required for the handling of food or drink.
Every person who handles food or drink intended for human consumption, or who handles the utensils incident to such food or drink, or whose work brings him in contact with the processing, preparation, storage, transportation or serving of food or drink, shall, at the beginning of such employment and each twelve-month period thereafter, obtain a food handler's certificate.
The individual applying for a food handler's certificate shall be free of communicable diseases transmissible by food or drink. The following persons shall be barred from employment involving the handling of food or drink or the utensils used for handling food or drink in any food establishment:
Any person showing evidence of or being a carrier of typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, diphtheria, tuberculosis or any other disease transmissible by food or drink.
Any person with a history of such diseases unless clinical, laboratory or other examinations show no active or communicable form of the disease exists.
Any person with a discharging wound, cut or lesion on the hands, arms, face or other parts of the body.
Upon compliance with §§ 150-2 and 150-3 and the payment of a registration fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners, payable to Marple Township, the Health Officer shall issue a food handler's certificate. Such permit shall be valid for a period of one year unless sooner revoked by the Health Officer for cause. At the time of expiration of the certificate, the food handler shall again apply for renewal of the certificate.
Personnel of food vending establishments whose sole contact with food or drink is in sealed containers or packages so wrapped as to prevent direct contact with the food or drink, or whose duties do not bring them into direct contact with food or drink, shall not require a food handler's certificate.
It shall be the responsibility of the owner, manager or operator of every food vending establishment to determine whether each of his employees, who are subject to the provisions of this chapter, has a valid food handler's certificate, and to bar employment to any person not in possession of a valid certificate. He shall maintain a record of such certificates, and the expiration date of each, and shall produce such record when so requested by the Health Officer.
Each food handler shall submit to health examinations should any disease, or the possibilities of disease, arise which would bar him from employment as a food handler. Should the existence of such disease be confirmed by health examination, the Health Officer shall be immediately notified and the food handler's certificate shall be surrendered to the Health Officer until the disease or condition no longer exists in a communicable form.
All costs of the health examination, including any tests required, shall be borne by either the food handler or his employer.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter, and any employer who permits violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such fine and costs by imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Each and every violation of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.