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Published on November 10, 2016. Last modified on June 19, 2020

Delivery Safety
Hand washing recomendations

Food Safety & Downloadable information


COVID 19 & Food Safety Related Information

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EHB Delivery Food Safety
Online delivery is surging and eating in is the new dining out. Due to the recent corona virus outbreak, for an increasing number of Americans dining out is no longer an option. Today, many independent restaurants are switching to takeout or delivery only models due to new city and state rules. To ensure delivered food is safe for consumption, proper food handling during the food preparation, holding, pick-up and delivery of the food needs to take place.
Home Food Safety Website Information about food safety at home

Guidelines and Fact Sheets

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Canning Safety and Cannery License
Canning is a method of preserving food in which the food contents are processed and sealed in an air tight containers. This vacuum seal eliminates aerobic bacterial growth, and prevents contamination through air. Canning process usually involves with thermal treatment and/or acidification, which eliminates the growth of microorganisms that may cause foodborne illness.
Canning Facts and Cannery License
California law requires that a canner of certain acidified foods and/or thermally processed low-acid canned foods (LACF) must obtain a Cannery License, issued by the California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch (FDB), prior to initiating processing operations.
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 at Retail Establishments During Temporary Power Outages The County of Monterey, Environmental Health Branch, developed this guidance document for the retail food industry on what to do before, during and immediately after a power outage. This bulletin is provided to assist retail food facilities in safe food handling during power outages.
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

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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

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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

Do you want to quickly and easily find the latest food inspection results from your favorite restaurant or food facility? Want to see if the restaurant you are eating at has earned the Gold Seal? This free app from the Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau lets you do just that. Monterey County Food Inspection Findings gives you access to inspection results for thousands of food facilities all over Monterey County. Search for a restaurant or market in the list or map view, easily see locations that are close to you and quickly see if they have earned a Gold Seal.

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