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  •   Monterey County Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Population

    Since early 2017, the San Diego and Santa Cruz County Health Departments have been investigating local hepatitis A outbreaks among individuals who are homeless or use illicit drugs. Unfortunately, disease levels in Monterey County have now reached outbreak levels. Since October 2017, hepatitis A has been diagnosed in 9 individuals with a history of homeless in Monterey County. These individuals did not travel outside of Monterey County so are assumed to have become ill due to transmission within the homeless and illegal drug use communities in Monterey County.

    2/5/2018 4:46:00 PM

  • Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board Meeting

    Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board will meet Thursday, March 22nd at 3:30 pm at the Monterey County Animal Services Center, 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas

    3/19/2018 11:49:00 AM

  • Bayer Issues Recall of Alka-Seltzer Plus® Products

    Bayer is voluntarily recalling Alka-Seltzer Plus® packages that, were sold only in the U.S. at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger (including Dillons Food Stores, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food Stores, Ralphs, King Soopers and Smith’s Food and Drug) after February 9, 2018. The packages can be identified by checking the Bayer logo located on the lower left corner of the front of the carton. If the logo has an orange or green background, the product is included in the recall The affected packages are being recalled because the ingredients on the front sticker may not match the actual product in the carton.



Food Safety




Food Safety & Downloadable information

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Guidelines and Fact Sheets

Document Description
California Menu Labeling Guidelines
SB 1420 (Padilla) was signed into law in 2008 and added Section 114094 to the California Health and Safety Code relating to food facilities and the disclosure of nutritional information (hereinafter “menu labeling law”).
Polystyrene Ordinance Fact Sheet Chapter 10.42 of the Monterey County Code of Ordinances regulates and limits the use of polystyrene foam food packaging by retail food providers in the unincorporated area of Monterey County. The ordinance will protect the environment, reduce solid waste, and decrease litter throughout the unincorporated County by reducing the use of polystyrene foam food packaging.
Guidelines for the Installation and Use of Open Air Barbecues This guideline was originally created in May 1999. This revision was completed by the Bay Area Food Technical Advisory Committee in response to the adoption of the California Retail Food Code (CRFC).
Guidelines for Food Safety During Temporary Power Outages California is experiencing an electrical power crisis that may result in random, unscheduled power outages. Appropriate decision-making before, during, and immediately after power outages is necessary to protect consumers from unsafe food and minimize product loss. The Department recommends that food retailers develop a plan and obtain appropriate emergency supplies before the need arises.
How to Sanitize and Disinfect Printable graphics showing best practices for sanitizing and disinfecting with bleach.
Requirements for Temporary Food Facility Hand Washing Printable reference for the requirements for hand-washing and utensil-washing for temporary food facilities.
Safe Handling of Milk and Dairy Products Information regarding the maintaining, buying, and storage of fresh milk.
Trans Fat Information – English Printable graphics showing helpful information regarding Trans Fat
Trans Fat Information (Información sobre grasas trans en español) Gráficos imprimibles que muestran información útil acerca de las grasas trans

Food Recall Tool Kit

document Descriptions
Food Recall Webinar
link to Food Recall Webinar

A-Recall Team Members

Printable chart for listing management team members
B-Recall Actions Log Printable log for recording recall actions
C-Notice of Recall Printable Notice of Recall form to notify customers
D-Consumer Complaint Form Printable consumer complaint or illness form
E-Product Distribution Record Printable form to show product code, quantity, lot number, & Expiration date of products sent to customer
F-Product Disposition Record
Printable form to show Product Code/Lot# / Description, quantity, action taken (Removed/Disposed/Segregated/Returned), and action date.
G-Communications Log Printable communications log
H-Recall Effectiveness Check Printable script to use when following up on the effectiveness of a recall.
I-Recall Feedback Form Printable recall feedback form
J-Press Release Printable form to use as a guideline for creating a press release
K-Recall Plan Checklist Printable checklist for help with recall

Printable signage

document Descriptions
Notice: Consumption of Raw & Under-cooked Foods
Printable Notice: The consumption of raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase the risk of food borne illness in some individuals

Three Sink Method (English & Espanol)

Printable poster for theThree Compartment Sink Method For Washing and Sanitizing

Stay Home if You Are Sick Poster

Poster urging employees to stay home if they are sick
Clorox - How to Sanitize Printable poster for how to use Clorox to sanitize and disinfect
Notice of Inspection - One to a page Printable signage that states that the facility has been inspected by the Health Department and that the inspection report is available upon request
Notice of Inspection  - Two to a page Printable signage that states that the facility has been inspected by the Health Department and that the inspection report is available upon request.
No Live Animals - with Graphics
Printable signage that states the California Health and Safety Code Section: 114045 and California Retail Food Code 114259.5 : Exclusion of Live Animals.(Includes Graphics)
No Live Animal - with wording only
Printable signage that states the California Health and Safety Code Section: 114045 and California Retail Food Code 114259.5 : Exclusion of Live Animals (No Graphics).
No Smoking Permitted Printable no-smoking signage
Wash Your Hands - Prevent the Spread of Disease. Printable signage for hand-washing

Free Restaurant Inspection Results App

Want to make sure the restaurant you’re going to is safely storing and preparing its food so you won’t get sick? This free app lets you do just that. Food Inspector gives you access to inspection results for thousands of food facilities all over California. Click below to get your free app!

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