Volume 2, Issue 5
Industry Roundtable to Be Held October 17 for San Bernardino County Food Facilities
The Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) will hold the next Industry Roundtable for San Bernardino County food
facilities on Wednesday October 17, 2012, from 9:00 – 10:30 AM at the IRC Conference Center (1425 S. Waterman Avenue, San
Bernardino, CA 92408).
The Industry Roundtable will be an opportunity for food facility representatives to meet regional supervisors, and get answers to questions
about the Food Worker Training program. Attendees will also learn about the most frequent food violations in San Bernardino County, their
impact on public health, and ways to mitigate violations. DEHS staff will talk about new tools available for food facilities and other
Division updates. Click here to view the Industry Roundtable invitation.
Food facility representatives interested in attending the Industry Roundtable can RSVP by calling 1-800 442-2283.
New Spanish Language Social Media Sites Launched
DEHS has launched Facebook and Twitter pages en Español! All of the content posted on the English language
social media sites will now also be posted in Spanish. The link for our Facebook page in Spanish is
www.facebook.com/sbehsEsp. The link for our Twitter page in Spanish is https://twitter.com/sbehsEsp.
Norovirus: The Leading Cause of Foodborne Illness
Norovirus is the most common pathogen that causes foodborne illness in the United States. According to CDC estimates, 21
million people become sick from Norovirus annually. Young children and older adults are particularly susceptible, with
about 800 people dying of Norovirus each year. Norovirus is very contagious and can easily be transmitted to foods during
preparation. It’s important that food handlers always practice proper hand hygiene and not prepare food while they are sick.
Click here to view a Norovirus fact sheet designed for food handlers that will help you in your efforts to prevent foodborne illness.
New Telephone Number for DEHS
We now have a new toll-free number for DEHS! It is 1-800-442-2283. You can reach all of our offices (Rancho Cucamonga,
Hesperia, San Bernardino, and San Bernardino Mosquito & Vector Control) by calling our new number. This single number
replaces all previous telephone numbers, which have now been inactivated. If you call an old number, you will only
reach a message giving you our new 800 number.
National Food Safety Month
September is National Food Safety Month! This is an annual observance promoted by Foodsafety.gov, the National
Restaurant Association, and the USDA. This year’s theme is “Be Safe, Don’t Cross-Contaminate.”
Visit http://foodsafetymonth.com for more information.
DEHS will recognize National Food Safety Month through educational programs, public service announcements, social media outreach,
and the distribution of foodborne illness prevention-themed materials.
Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
We are on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation about pool safety, foodborne illness prevention, vector control and more.
We now are on Facebook en Español and Twitter en Español.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Amanda Gaspard, Health Education Specialist,
at 800-442-2283 or Amanda.Gaspard@dph.sbcounty.gov.