Welcome to Orange County’s Food Safety Home Page

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Restaurant Inspections

Search the inspection records for food establishments in Orange County within the last 2 years.

Inspector Initiated Closures

Search the inspection records for food establishments in Orange County that were closed within the last 60 days.

Owner Initiated Closures

Search the inspection records for food establishments in Orange County that were closed within the last 60 days.

Award of Excellence (photo: drinking glasses)

2018 Award of Excellence

The Food Protection Program has initiated an incentive program for food establishments which identifies and awards a certificate to food establishments that routinely exhibit excellent food safety and sanitation practice.

link to FDA (photo of recalled items)
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Fieldbrook Food Recalls Ice Cream Bars Due to Possible Health Risk

Food Safety Seminar PowerPoint Presentations

Food for Thought brochure (cover image and link)

Food for Thought

Greetings from the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health Food and Pool Safety Program. Our team of inspectors are here to partner with our food businesses to ensure food prepared or sold within Orange County is safe for consumers. As such, our inspectors share the latest Food for Thought brochure during each routine inspections. These brochures include information about important topics like keeping food at proper temperatures; the importance of handwashing; and food worker training and certificate programs.

If you would like to offer suggestions for future issues, please email ehealth@ochca.com.

There are many food facilities that are already contributing and we thank you for your food donations and supporting those in need. If you would like to learn more about donating food, please visit the website for Waste Not OC, www.wastenotoc.org, a coalition established by our own County Health Officer, Dr. Eric Handler, who brought together various food outreach organizations and food industry groups in the fight against hunger and food insecurity. If you would like to donate excess food, please contact our Waste Not OC coalition partner at (855) 700-9662.

If you have questions related to the safe donation of food, please contact Environmental Health at (714) 433-6000.

Waste not OC website (logo and link)

Start Your Own Food Donation Program


This toolkit contains customizable forms, labels, food safety checklists and general guidance that your business or organization can use to start a food donation program. Use this downloadable document to access additional tips, legal references, liability protections, and applicable tax deduction information. This guide also lists local resources including Orange County’s own WasteNotOC program to help you in your efforts to donate surplus food.   Click on the link HERE.

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A food recall occurs when there is reason to believe that a food may cause consumers to become ill. A food manufacturer or distributor initiates the recall to take foods off the market. In some situations, food recalls are requested by government agencies (USDA or FDA).

Some reasons for recalling food include:

  • Discovery of an organism in a product which may make consumers sick
  • Discovery of a potential allergen in a product
  • Mislabeling or misbranding of food. For example, a food may contain an allergen, such as nuts or eggs, but those ingredients do not appear on the label.

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Retail Food Program Inspection Guide

Beginning January of 2017, the OC Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health division will be introducing a new Retail Food Facility Inspection Report that is based on the California Food Inspection Data Fields Marking Guideline. The report aligns with the risk-based inspection process that was adopted by the Orange County Board of Supervisors in August of 2015. This change is intended to better standardize retail food inspections with other jurisdictions throughout the state and emphasize the prevention of foodborne illness risk factors for the health and safety of Orange County’s residents and visitors. You may reference the Retail Food Program Inspection Guide here for a thorough description of the changes. Here are some of the highlights:

Retail Food Inspection Guide
  • Routine inspections will now be provided in a “checklist” format, which will recognize food facilities for complying with critical risk factors, in addition to noting those violations that need to be corrected.
  • The inspection report will be divided into three sections: (1) Critical Risk Factors, (2) Good Retail Practices, and (3) Compliance & Enforcement to more clearly depict the degree of risk associated with each violation and measures taken in response to the observed violation.
  • The posting of the inspection notification seals (Pass, Reinspection Due - Pass, Closed) will remain the same.

For any questions regarding these changes, please contact your assigned inspector or Environmental Health at (714) 433-6000.

Food Safety Tips

Video is also available in Spanish

Prevent Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Brochure

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The Art of Handwashing Campaign

You’ve got a mystery on your hands! In recognition of Global Handwashing Day, the Food Protection Program is excited to launch our new handwashing campaign: The Art of Handwashing. Explore our art-inspired handwashing signs and new oral culture storyboard.

Need to pay your Annual Health Permit Invoice? Good news, you can now pay online!

Spotlight on Norovirus

Norovirus is the leading cause of illness from contaminated food or water – but food isn’t the only way people get this illness. It also spreads easily from person to person and spreads quickly in groups of people. Read here to find out more about Norovirus.

Food Booths

For-Profit Booths
Non-Profit Booths
Truck/Cart at Events
Contact Supervisor

Cottage Food

List of Approved Operators
Food Handler Class

Restaurants & Markets

Restaurant Inspections
Restaurant Closure
Public Notification System
Award of Excellence

Trucks & Carts

How to get a permit
Operational Procedures
Construction Guidelines
Plan Check Submittal Checklist

Plan Check

Unpackaged Food
Prepackaged Food
Food Processing – Wholesale
Prepackaged – Warehouse


Wholesale Food Processing
Food Sanitation Act
Good Manufacturing Practices
Fee Schedule