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OC Emergency Management Food Safety Release


Last updated 9/8/2020 at 8:42pm

Orange County Environmental Health Department is reminding citizens to practice food safety during the

recovery of Hurricane Laura and the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Food Safety should be a top priority for

all retail food service establishments as well as local churches and non-profit groups that are preparing meals

for all that have been affected.

Food Safety Tips from the Health Inspector:

- Wash your hands often and every time you:

1. Go to the restroom

2. Touch your face, hair or phone

3. Take out the trash

4. Put on or take off your gloves

5. Eat, drink or use tobacco

- Hot foods should be held at 135 degree or higher

- Cold foods should be held at 41 degrees or below

- Reheat food to 165 degrees before serving

- Check food temperatures with a calibrated thermometer often

- Never keep food over seven (7) days once it has been thawed or opened

- Food preparation surfaces, cooking equipment and utensils must be cleaned with soapy water and sanitized

with a solution of ¼ cup chlorine bleach per gallon of water

- Keep raw food separate from cooked foods

- Always wear clean gloves when working with cooked or raw foods

We have several resources on the Orange County Environmental Health and Code Compliance website at:

Remember when in doubt throw it out and keep hands clean!!!!!!!!!!

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