Volume 3, Issue 3
Food Facility Industry Roundtable
On April 17, 2013 the Division of Environmental Health Services held the third in our series of Food
Facility Industry Roundtables. We had 81 operators from 38 different facilities in attendance, so we were
very excited about the turn-out. We plan to hold the next roundtable in the fall.
If you would like to download the PowerPoint presentation from the Industry Roundtable,
please click here.
Donated Food Flyer
Is your food facility interested in donating food to a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or other charity? According
to the Health and Safety Code, “No food facility that donates food shall be subject to civil or criminal liability
or penalty for violation of any laws, regulations, or ordinances for a violation occurring after the time of the
donation.” Donating food to a food bank or other nonprofit charitable organization is a great way to help your
Check out our flyer to learn more! The second page of the flyer contains related legal references from
the Health and Safety Code.
New Fact Sheets
We have published two new fact sheets on
Salmonella and Shigella.
Learn more about these diseases
and how to prevent them on our Communicable Disease Profiles page. We feature information on a
different foodborne, waterborne, or vector-borne illness each month.
National Seafood Month
June is National Seafood Month, and many of you may be enjoying fish and shellfish as a kick-off
to summer. Make sure to clean hands, surfaces and utensils before and after preparation of fish,
and separate raw seafood from cooked and ready-to-eat foods. Only buy fish that is refrigerated
or displayed on a thick bed of fresh ice that is not melting (preferably in a case or under some
type of cover). For more seafood safety tips during the month of June, check out our social media
sites! You can also visit the FDA’s page
Fresh and Frozen Seafood: Selecting and Serving it
Safely for more helpful information on seafood.
Educational Materials for Retail Food Employees - Oral Culture Learner Project
The FDA has free resources available for food facilities and their employees. According to their website,
“the materials have been designed for oral culture learners, which research has shown most food employees
to be.” There are posters and videos available on topics such as cross-contamination, hot holding, and
cooling. These free materials are available in several different languages. Visit
to learn more.
Stay Connected to DEHS with Social Media
Follow our social media sites to get the latest news on mosquito and vector control, food safety and
foodborne illness prevention, pool safety and drowning prevention, and more! We are now on
Facebook en Español,
Pinterest en Español,
Twitter en Español,
and YouTube 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.