Orange County Food Safety Public Notification System

In order to keep the public informed about food safety and sanitation at Orange County’s restaurants and markets, Environmental Health Food Program provides a comprehensive Public Notification System. The system has four components:

  1. Printed inspection report available at the food facility
  2. High-visibility Inspection Notification Seals
  3. Award of Excellence incentive program
  4. Easy-to-use web page 

Inspection Reports

The typed inspection report provides user friendly information not only to restaurant owners, but for anyone that wishes to view it. The report distinguishes violations that can cause foodborne illness (Major Violations) from those that do not (Minor Violations). The most recent food facility inspection report is required to be available for public view at all retail food facilities in Orange County. Just ask the food facility operator and they should make it available to you within a reasonable amount of time.

Inspection Notification Seals

Sample Orange County Placards

Pass: An acceptable level of compliance was achieved.  No reinspection is required.

Reinspection Due-Pass: Violations that may cause foodborne illness were observed and corrected. A follow-up inspection will be conducted on the date posted on the seal to ensure continued compliance.

Closed: Violation(s) observed posed an imminent danger to public health or safety, which could not be immediately corrected. Imminent health hazards include but are not limited to:

  • Vermin (i.e., cockroaches and rodents)
  • Sewage overflow
  • Lack of potable or warm water
  • Non-compliance with a Notice of Violation
  • Operating without a valid health permit

Award of Excellence

This incentive program identifies and awards food establishments that achieve excellence in food safety and sanitation practices for an entire calendar year. The food facility is issued a certificate that can be posted inside of the facility, and is listed as an Award of Excellence winner at Learn more about the criteria for receiving an Award of Excellence here

Retail Food Safety Program Web Site

The web site provides the public access to three components of the public notification system.

  1. Inspection Reports – Inspection report information for each food facility is available at the retail food safety program web site. You can conduct a search of every retail food facility and view a two year history for any facility. You can also review each inspection report in its entirety by clicking on the PDF icon located next to each entry.
  2. Award of Excellence Listing – The list of facilities that received the Award of Excellence for the previous year is posted online for review.
  3. Food Facility Closure Lists – All food facilities that have been closed are posted monthly. The list shows the facility’s name, address, the reason it was closed, date it was closed, and the date reopened.

In addition, posts information useful to consumers such as recall information and food safety tips.

For additional information or if you have comments or questions about the Food Protection Program enhancements, please contact us at:

Orange County Environmental Health
Food Protection Program
1241 E. Dyer Rd., Suite 120
Santa Ana, CA 92705-5611
(714) 433 - 6000

More information
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How to Get a PASS (English Presentation)
Enhancements to the Inspection Notification Seals
Effective October 1, 2009

How to Get a Pass presentation - PowerPoint file

How to Get a Pass presentation - PDF file

Cómo obtener un PASE (Spanish Presentation)
Mejoras a los Sellos de Notificación de Inspección
Efectivas el 1 de octubre de 2009

Cómo obtener un PASE (Spanish Presentation) - PowerPoint file

Cómo obtener un PASE (Spanish Presentation) - PDF file

Vietnamese Presentation
Cách lấy được con dấu PASS (Vietnamese Presentation)

Các biện pháp tăng cường đối với Con Dấu Thông Báo Kiểm Tra bắt đầu có hiệu lực từngày 1 tháng Mười, 2009

How to Get a Pass presentation (Vietnamese Presentation) - PowerPoint file

How to Get a Pass presentation (Vietnamese Presentation) - PDF file

Chinese Presentation
如何通过检验 (Chinese Presentation)
检验通知章的改进 2009年10月1日生效 9


How to Get a Pass presentation (Chinese) - PDF file

Korean Presentation
PASS 검사표 취득 방법 (Korean Presentation)
검사통지표에 대한 개선 실시 날짜 2009년 10월 1일


How to Get a Pass presentation (Korean) - PDF file