Welcome to Orange County's Food Protection Services

Restaurant Inspections

Restaurant Closures

3-2-1 Inspection Frequency Change 

Effective August 1, 2015, Environmental Health has begun using a risk-based inspection process for all retail food service facilities.  These risk-based inspection frequencies, recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are based on the type of food service conducted at a food facility.  Please see the attached bulletin for more information.

Orange County's New Food Inspection App for iPhone and Android!

We are happy to announce our newest addition to our Public Notification System.  In order to keep the public informed about food safety and sanitation at Orange County’s restaurants and markets, the Environmental Health Food Safety Program has developed an app that will allow you to search for your favorite restaurant, see what's around you, see all current facilities that are currently closed and even have inspection reports emailed to you.  Download it by using one of the buttons below.

Save our Water - Tips to reduce your water use 

It is estimated that food facilities use up to 5,000 gallons of water per day. With the current drought that California is facing, conserving our limited water resources is very important. As of April 1, 2015, the State has mandated that Californians must reduce their water usage (on average) by 25%. This restriction is in effect through February 28, 2016.

Fire up the grill!

BBQ season is in full swing!  Keep your family and friends safe with these food safety tips to ensure your get-togethers leave everyone with memories of FUN times!

Waste Not OC Coalition - Feeding the Need

Waste Not OC is a coalition of food banks, health care representatives, restaurants, food distributors and community leaders dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of the community and ending food insecurity. Click on the header to learn more about the program and how to get involved.  Information regarding food donations can be found here

To learn more about Environmental Health's involvement in the coalition, please click on the video below.

Stay up to date with the latest recall information

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Bivalve Shellfish Caught in Humboldt or Del Norte Counties 

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised consumers not to eat recreationally harvested bivalve shellfish (mussels and clams) from Humboldt or Del Norte counties. Only the white meat (adductor muscle) of scallops should be consumed and the viscera (internal organs) should be discarded. 

Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in mussel and razor clam samples and may be present in the other species that have not yet been tested. This toxin, also known as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP), can cause illness or death in humans. No cases of human poisoning from domoic acid are known to have occurred in California.

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Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). FSIS issues recalls on meat, poultry, and egg products.

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U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA issues recalls on other food as well as pet food and animal feed.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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Plan Check Submittal Checklist

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Food Processing – Wholesale
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Food Sanitation Act
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