- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington attorney general’s office says food handler certificates issued through the eFoodhandlers website are not valid in the state.

Food service workers should obtain a food worker card from their local health department office. The Tacoma-Pierce County health department is the only one in the state approved for online training and certification.

About 11,000 people in Washington with a permit from eFoodhandlers must take an exam for a permit from an authorized source.

The attorney general’s office said Monday those people will receive restitution from eFoodhandlers. Under a settlement with the state, they should receive refunds by September in the mail. Most checks are under $20 and the total is about $120,000.

An email requesting eFoodhanlders’ comment on the settlement was sent through its website.

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