Is it mandatory for restaurant staff in Erie County to be qualified in ServSafe® or another safe food handling program?

New York State (NYS) amended NYS Public Health Law to require restaurants to employ at least one person trained and certified in food safety. In order for this law to be implemented, the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) must promulgate regulations. We have been advised that the NYS Sanitary Code for Food Service Establishments is in the process of being updated and it is expected to include these new employee training requirements. The specific courses that will be accepted, and how frequently they will need to be renewed, have not been finalized at this time. Further information will be posted as it is available.