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State stops food worker card fraud
A Washington State Attorney General’s Office lawsuit has stopped a company from selling worthless food handler certificates online. Up to 11,000 people who purchased the certificates - that do not meet food handler requirements - should receive a refund from eFoodhandlers, Inc.
Some food service workers reported they first discovered their certificates were worthless from their employers or by health department inspectors. Those workers were required to take the examination again and obtain valid documentation.
The only entity approved by the Washington State Department of Health to provide online training and certification for food handling is the Tacoma-Pierce County Public Health Department, www.foodworkercard.wa.gov. The website that offered unapproved cards was called www.wafoodhandlers.com.
eFoodhandlers will mail checks to affected consumers’ last known address.
The refund amount each consumer will receive is based on the total amount they originally paid to eFoodhandlers. Most payments will be under $20.
Consumers should receive a refund by September 1, 2015. See the state Attorney General's website for the full media release.