Food Safety for Retail Food Service Establishments

Restaurants, food stands and other places that prepare food for sale to the public must get a permit from the Health Department. These businesses are inspected 1 to 4 times per year, depending on the menu’s complexity and the various cooking, cooling, and reheating processes. The goal of each inspection is to identify and correct any conditions that might lead to food-borne illnesses.

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Establishment Excellence

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Front of the House Food Safety Training

This distinction has been used to recognize retail food service establishments in Orange County who have participated in optional training or continuous quality improvement for food safety.  Establishment Excellence has been used to highlight establishments participating in Front of the House Food Safety Training.  The local training resource is a self-led booklet and video that focuses food safety education on the Front of the House employee actions that can make the difference between food and beverage that is safe or may be unsafe to consume.  

Link to the booklet


Link to an optional pre-test

Link to a scoring post-test

Front of the House Food Safety Participants

Four-eleven WestTop of the Hill
Elmos DinerBartaco
Cup of JoeFriday Centrer
Brixx PizzaBin 54
Hawthorne & WoodCoronato

Zero Waste

In 2020, Orange County Environmental Health will be recognizing establishment who participate in Zero Waste initiatives.  These may be working with Orange County Solid Waste or private contractors to reduce waste impacts from food service or institutional service.  The efforts can be new or on-going.    Check out Zero Waste here.  

Additional Food Safety Resources