FOOD FACILITY INFORMATION DURING COVID-19
5/13/20 - We want to let you know that limited dine-in service is now permissible with strict implementation of written Operation Plans.
Businesses that open are required to have a written plan in accordance with State Guidelines. We have created a template Operation Plan to meet those written plan requirements, it includes a two page plan with a one page restaurant specific addendum. The addendum is an attempt at a ‘one-size-fits-all.’ Additional requirements may be applicable to your specific business model, please review the State Guidance to verify all components of your business model have been covered. Additional protective measures can be described in a written attachment to your Operation Plan.
We do not need to review your plan ahead of time, it just needs to be available for review during inspections. As of this announcement we will be going back to routine food facility inspections.
Lastly, we have implemented an Operation Plan at Environmental Health to reopen our testing center for Food Safety Certifications, please call 283-6355 to schedule your test as needed.
Please reach out to our office if you have questions regarding food operations during this time.
Thank you, Environmental Health Staff
COVID specific documents and information:
- Template Operation Plan with Restaurant Addendum and Sign (PDF)
- State Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants
- ABC Notice of Regulatory Relief
WHAT IS THE FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM?
Plumas County’s food safety program was created to help protect the public from food-borne illnesses in businesses that prepare and serve food. This includes all restaurants, bars, food vending vehicles, school cafeterias, food vending machines, bakeries, produce stands, and retail food markets. Our environmental Health Specialists routinely inspect all food facilities to ensure that restaurant operators understand and are in compliance with the minimum food safety standards set by the California Retail Food Code (Cal Code), effective January 2019. Additionally, all complaints and concerns pertaining to food facilities are investigated and addressed by the Specialist.
To assist with the integrity of every business, our Specialists work to educate restaurant owners and staff with important practices, such as proper food handling and storage, how to prevent bug and rodent infestations, and how to ensure that they are serving unadulterated food from approved sources.
POWER OUTAGE FOOD SAFETY!
- FDA food Recall Alerts
- Food Recall Information
- Cannabidiol (CBD) Update
- Latex Ban at Retail Food Facilities
Food that is mishandled can cause very serious consequences for all - especially infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. For this reason it is important that everyone who handles food, use proper care and follow current sanitary procedures.
Food Safety Certification
First and foremost, it is important to be aware that there are two (2) types of tests: A Food Safety Certificate and California Food Handler Card.
CalCode requires a food facility to have a minimum of one owner or employee with a Food Safety Certificate. This certification is good for 5 years. As of July 1, 2011, each employee involved in the preparation, storage, or service of food is required to have a California Food Handler Card.
Classes and testing are available online and locally. Certifications are also accepted from other counties and states as long as the certification organization is accredited by the American National Standards as meeting the requirements of the Conference for Food Protection’s "Standards for Accreditation of Food Protection Manager Certification Programs."
While Plumas County Environmental Health only offers test proctoring services for ServSafe, we are available to answer any questions that you may have regarding Food Safety Certification. Please contact us at (530) 283-6355.
Please see Training and Testing Information (PDF)) for classes and accredited agencies to obtain certification.
For More information on Food Handler Card guidelines, please read CalCode113790 (PDF).