New Report Exposes Flaws in One Fair Wage’s Alternative Food Handler Training

Former New York City Food Safety Director Finds Training “Misleading” and “Inaccurate”
  • Publication Date: November 2023

Arlington, Va. – Today, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) released a new report revealing the poor quality of the Just.Safe.Food food handler training presented by advocacy group One Fair Wage. The report’s findings are based on an expert analysis by Beth Torin, former Executive Director of the New York City Department of Health Office of Food Safety under Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Ms. Torin determined that a draft version of the One Fair Wage-constructed training program has “significant deficiencies” that would not adequately train restaurant employees in the proper industry standard for the safe handling of food.

To learn more, view the full report published by EPI here.

Ms. Torin’s review of eight draft video trainings obtained by EPI found:

  • Misleading or inadequate training visuals;

  • Inaccurate terminology related to industry standards;

  • Missing or inaccurate training content, including topics such as hazards causing foodborne illness, handwashing, and proper glove usage.

Confronted with these findings, a spokesperson for One Fair Wage defensively suggested that the reviewed version of the training was “probably a first draft to see if there was even any demand for a product like this.” Yet this talking point is refuted by One Fair Wage’s own press rollout, where it suggested that the food training was a professional product “designed to compete with…ServSafe.”

EPI’s research director Rebekah Paxton issued the following statement about the report:

“One Fair Wage has a history of putting its own agenda over the wellbeing of restaurant employees. Its sister organization ROC has a controversial track record of mistreating its own employees and health code violations in the organization’s restaurant. The missing, confusing, or inaccurate content found in this version of One Fair Wage’s food handler training casts doubt that the group can adequately equip employees in food safety.”